The Great Gatsby: Arts and Culture

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After reading the first 21 pages of The Great Gatsby, class members listen to an audio discussion of the culture of the 1920s and Jazz Age music recordings. Individuals then craft a a one-page critique of whether Fitzgerald's depiction of the music and culture of the times is consistent with what they have heard.

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  • Links are provided to all the materials necessary for the lesson
  • The writing activity requires readers to pay close attention to Fitzgerald's descriptions



  • Some learners may need the added support of a listening guide to keep them focused while listening to the audio
  • Learners less familiar with music may find it difficult to identify how Armstrong's music changed from 1923 to 1928