Many teachers host 1920s-themed parties while teaching The Great Gatsby, but this is a new twist on the idea that gets students doing close readings of Chapter Three (the big party chapter). I did this with my 11th graders and it was a huge hit!
The game is based on a popular icebreaker game in which individuals get a sheet that looks like a bingo board, and they have to go around the room finding people who fit the various categories on the board (i.e. "find someone who has a pet fish" or "find someone who has traveled to Florida," etc.).
My twist on the game asks students to assume the roles of various guests at Jay Gatsby's party and to go around the room to learn more about Mr. Gatsby. Begin the game by giving each student a "role card" (attached - cut along the dotted lines to separate the cards), then ask students to read their cards carefully - each card has a quote on it taken from Chapter Three - in order to be able to paraphrase their quotes.
Next, give out the "bingo board" sheets (attached), and explain that students will have to mingle with each other to find people who fit the various categories on the board. For example, one box says, "Find someone who has heard a rumor about Gatsby and ask what they heard." Several students' roles will fit this description, and they'll have to tell their classmates about the rumors they've heard. As students gather information, they should write it into the appropriate boxes.
Add a little background 1920s music and some food (and, of course, props and costumes if you'd like to really get into it), and you've got a fun, exciting, literary party!