Looking to build background knowledge before reading Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby
This is an awesome activity to expose students to some of the people, issues, events, and themes of the 1920s I use this research activity to build background knowledge and establish context before reading The Great Gatsby.
I used to assign each student a single topic (i.e., automobiles, the Harlem Renaissance, etc.) and let them do a presentation to the class. This Explorations Board is a much more effective introduction to the same topics and EVERYONE learns something about all of the topics rather than each individual only really learning about his/her own topic.
It's called an Explorations Board because students are presented with a "board" of topics and can explore those that match their own interests. In order to meet the requirements, though, they must cover the whole board (all the topics) in one way or another.
This resource is FULLY EDITABLE. You can use it as it is (the way I use it in my classroom) or edit the requirements or questions to meet your students' needs!
I have two other lessons about The Great Gatsby
that you should check out, too:
Before, During, and After-Reading Activities
A set of eleven creative activities that can be used to assess understanding of individual chapters or the whole book.
Gatsby Review Jeopardy
A comprehensive review game to help students prepare for a test.
If you like the Explorations Board idea, please also check out my version for The Crucible:
The Crucible Pre-Reading Research Activity