Before my students read The Great Gatsby, they completed an individual research project in order to gain information about the 1920s era, and Fitzgerald himself. Students were given a series of topics to choose from, and then had to sign up. When they signed up, they were automatically put into groups based on the category their topic fell into. As a group, the students were required to create a technology piece to teach the class about the category they researched. For example, there was a section about the 1920s sports for students to research, which included The 1919 World Series, since it is a topic in The Great Gatsby.
*You can also find the sign-up sheet that I created to go with this project in my store.