Looking to increase student interest during your study of the 1920s and/or The Great Gatsby? Then take a look at the shocking amount of money F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald spent each month on their lavish, alcohol-soaked lifestyle. Using an actual archive image from Fitzgerald’s personal papers, students will calculate the Fitzgeralds’ monthly expenses and come to some astounding realizations.
Appropriate for both history classes discussing the Roaring Twenties and English classes studying Fitzgerald’s great American novel. The activity perks up the class while in the midst of reading the novel (I use it with our analysis of Gatsby’s party scene at the beginning of Chapter 3), but it could be used at any point. Works as both an anticipatory activity or a closing one.
The worksheet key also includes discussion points to make with the students as you review the answers. The lesson, with short writing task and review of answers so students can have some context to make sense of the staggering numbers, will take about 45 minutes.
Package includes a 3-page PDF. Two of the pages are reproducible handouts for students to use; the other page is your answer key with talking points to use during the full-class discussion.
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