This resource includes guided notes for Background Information for the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby background info is essential for students to learn and be familiar with before reading the novel!
The focus of this lesson entails a brief history of the 1920s to include the following topics: author background, setting of The Great Gatsby, 1920s culture, the Jazz Age, the Roaring Twenties, the economic boom, gender roles, racism, prohibition, modernism, art deco, new money vs old money, social class, the Harlem Renaissance, post-war era, the Lost Generation, organized crime, and the American Dream.
Before reading the novel The Great Gatsby, teach your students about the author, the setting, society, and culture of the 1920s to ensure they truly understand the prominent themes in the novel.
In this lesson, your students with be engaged as they take notes from a Powerpoint presentation and answer questions using the accommodating worksheet provided.
Students will answer questions along the way that create personal connections to the time period of the 1920s.