Students bring The Great Gatsby and the Roaring '20s to life in your classroom as they present a causal analysis essay which answers the question: Who's to blame for the tragedy? Each student will become a character from the novel and present the report from his/her point of view, using the character’s voice, (personality/attitude), diction (word choice), and tone (formal or informal manner of speaking). Since students are writing from this character’s point of view, they will include any biases, blindnesses, and personality flaws he or she exhibited throughout the course of the novel. Students will also dress like the character from head to toe and carry one prop that signifies his or her role in the novel or a key event in which he or she was involved. The project includes guidelines and samples for writing the introduction, as well as an outline to structure the quotes and analysis needed for the body paragraphs and guidelines for the conclusion.
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