This Roaring Twenties Close Reading is a great way to build context before studying a novel like The Great Gatsby. It introduces major social and economic concerns in post-war America. This resource includes a full Teacher’s Guide, student handout, and questions for further research and discussion. (grades 7-10)
1. Two-page background reading
2. Close Reading handout
3. Suggested lesson plan (including ideas for using collaborative brainstorming to activate prior knowledge)
4. Questions for further research and discussion
5. Digital version
This article is also included in my Roaring 20s Escape Room! You could easily do the Close Reading on day 1 and transition to the game on day 2.
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