The Great Gatsby and the Roaring ‘20s Research Topics

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The Great Gatsby Research Paper and Gallery Display Project

The purpose of the research is for you to put together necessary and important information that will add to the reading and understanding of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

For this project, you will work with no more than one other person (so that means PAIRS however they must be in the same period class!), though you may also work alone. You will be researching your topics using books, databases and the internet. You will then prepare a gallery display that will be set up in the classroom for your classmates to tour (on ____________________________. ) During the touring, all students will be answering questions at each gallery stop.

For the assessment of this research, you must include:

➢ Visual Aid/Display (assessment): A visual aid that displays your research in a dynamic, neat, and interesting way. (Note: You may want to consider a tri-fold display board – first impressions go a long way!)

o An interesting title

o Your topic must be clearly displayed

o Use neat visual representations to help draw attention and interest

o An overview of your topic

o At least 5 key points of interest as well as supplemental information (this means TEXT written by you . . with citations!)

o At least predict how your topic may relate to The Great Gatsby

o The written portions should NOT be copy-pasted from a website; put the information into your own words! Otherwise, it’s plagiarism…. Refer to the final paper rubric for guidelines! You will use the information from your paper in your presentation. Yes, you are completing a PAPER of 3-4 pages AND the DISPLAY!

➢ Participation: Both members must be actively working and participating, collaborating at each stage of the research and presentation. I will be asking for updates on your progress.

➢ Works Cited: Include a properly formatted bibliography (we will go over this). On this typed page (which must be displayed somewhere on or near your visual aid), include group members’ names, the research topic, as well a minimum of 3 different references, with at least 2 from a database.

➢ Questions: You must have displayed somewhere on or near your visual aid 5 questions pertaining to the displayed research. All students will be looking to fill these out, so you must have it clearly displayed and the answers must be somewhere in the information on your display. You will turn in a sheet with your questions and answers to me.

The Great Gatsby and the Roaring ‘20s Research Topics

1. The Roaring ‘20s, a definition and the economic social impacts

2. F. Scott Fitzgerald (biography, what else he wrote, etc.)

3. Sacco and Vanzetti

4. Fashion of the 1920s, especially Flappers

5. Bootlegging and the rise of organized crime

6. Sports, especially the 1919 World Series

7. Automobiles (types and who had them)

8. Prohibition and Temperance

9. Charles Lindbergh and Aviation

10. Famous People (actors, politicians, sports figures)

11. Art and literature (famous works, artists, authors)

12. Music, Entertainment, Pop Culture, and Fads

13. New Technology of the 1920s

14. Women’s Rights, especially Women’s Suffrage

15. Post-WWI Expatriates (who and where they were and any famous ones)

16. The KKK—the resurgence

17. The Harlem Renaissance (what it was, where was it, and who was involved)


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