Teaching Guide: Exploring The Great Gatsby

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The 1920s were loud, raucous, and a time of great disparity. The American Dream was the green light at the end of a long and for some an arduous road.  F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby captures both dream-like and nightmarish qualities of this era. The primary source materials in the PBS teaching guide provides viewers with images that capture that combination.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Challenge class members to create a visual that illustrates what they see as aspects of the American Dream/American Nightmare duality
Classroom Considerations
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  • Set aside extra prep time to create tabs on your computer or copies of the images in the primary source set 
  • The guide contains discussion questions and suggested activities 
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