Despite mixed reviews at the time of its 1925 publication, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby has come to be one of the most widely taught American books and has become a popular candidate for the title of the “Great American Novel.” Uniquely intertwining social history, biography, and literature, the text challenges readers to understand the culture and history of the Jazz Age and to see its interrelationship with the lives and motivations of the characters, as well as with the author himself. This project encourages students to engage and work closely with one of the historical elements that influenced (and was perhaps influenced by) the author and his book by conceptualizing an interactive exhibit for a fictional museum. It also focuses on skills of collaboration and presentation.
This project should take about a week to develop and present.
Kotlarczyk, Adam, "Connecting Literature and History: Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby Museum Project" (2013). The Great Gatsby Unit. 4.