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   View Standards     Standard(s): [SS2010] US11 (11) 5 :
5 ) Evaluate the impact of social changes and the influence of key figures in the United States from World War I through the 1920s, including Prohibition, the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, the Scopes Trial, limits on immigration, Ku Klux Klan activities, the Red Scare, the Harlem Renaissance, the Great Migration, the Jazz Age, Susan B. Anthony, Margaret Sanger, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, W. C. Handy, and Zelda Fitzgerald. (Alabama) [A.1.a., A.1.b., A.1.d., A.1.f., A.1.i., A.1.j., A.1.k.]

•  Analyzing radio, cinema, and print media for their impact on the creation of mass culture
•  Analyzing works of major American artists and writers, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, and H. L. Mencken, to characterize the era of the 1920s
•  Determining the relationship between technological innovations and the creation of increased leisure time
[ELA2015] (11) 8 :
8 ) Demonstrate knowledge of twentieth- and twenty-first-century foundational works of American literature, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics. [RL.11-12.9] (Alabama)

[ELA2015] (11) 27 :
27 ) Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. [W.11-12.9]

a. Apply Grade 11 Reading standards to literature (e.g., "Demonstrate knowledge of twentieth- and twenty-first-century foundational works of American literature, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics"). [W.11-12.9a] (Alabama)

b. Apply Grade 11 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., Analyze seminal United States documents of historical and literary significance [e.g., Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" speech, King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"]), including how they address related themes and concepts. [W.11-12.9b] (Alabama)

Subject: Social Studies (11), English Language Arts (11)
Title: The American Dream as Depicted by The Great Gatsby
Description:

This activity will be useful either after students have completed a novel study of The Great Gatsby (or are finishing the novel) and are reflecting upon the time period as it relates to the setting, characterization, plot, and theme.

This YouTube video features jazz instrumentals of the “Roaring 20's Music” (9:09 min.). It is a great resource to use when teaching students about the Roaring Twenties, The Great Gatsby, and The American Dream. It is an audio as well as a visual resource, so you will want to project it on the board. It will serve as background music for the activity with some interesting pictures and historical facts, and it can be paused at various points of the activity.

This activity was created as a result of the ALEX Resource Development Summit.




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