"It was an age of miracles, it was an age of art, it was an age of excess and it was an age of satire."
"Echoes of the Jazz Age" an article written by F. Scott Fitzgerald published in Scribner's Magazine in November 1931.
The class will work as a publishing team to create a magazine that highlights the Roaring 20's, focusing on The Great Gatsby. The information from this project will come from research. Students must base the majority of their writing on factual events and information, but there is some freedom in this project to be creative.
INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITIES 1. Each member of the class must submit a minimum of 2 articles in his subject area (next page).
2. Articles must include factual information that is obtained through research. This information must use parenthetical documentation.
3. Each article must be accompanied by an illustration. The illustration may be copied and cut, hand drawn and scanned, or clip art.
4. Articles submitted without all of the requirements - research, documentation, illustration, and works cited -will not receive full credit in grading.
TEAM RESPONSIBILITIES 1. Teams are responsible for making certain that each member of the team is on task during research.
2. Teams are responsible for helping one another out with research questions, typing, illustrating, and writing.
3. Teams must make certain that ALL members submit at least 2 articles to the magazine.
4. Each team is responsible for submitting at least four advertisements to the magazine. Ads must be illustrated.
PRODUCTION COMPANY RESPONSIBILITIES
2. Designing a cover for the magazine which relates to the title
3. Creating a table of contents
4. Formatting a works cited page for the entire magazine - include at least one for each article in the magazine.
TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD Focus on current events and social issues.
2. WHAT'S HOT AND WHAT'S NOT Focus on trends, fashions, hair styles, and decor.
3. SPORTS Focus on the popular sports of the period, including baseball, boxing, wrestling and Olympic events. In baseball, make sure you learn about Babe Ruth, Knute Rockne, and Jack Johnson.
4. WRITER'S BLOCK Focus on authors, their works, and their lives.
5. THE HOLLYWOOD SCENE Focus on movies, theater, and actors or actresses of the times.
6. SHAKING IT UP - OUTRAGEOUS WOMEN The young women of the 20's positively scandalized their elders. They were the "New Women" - thriving on opulence and excess. They were not afraid to speak out for their cause. Focus first on Aimee Semple McPherson, Nellie Bly, Edith Cummings, Fanny Brice, Gilda Grey and Dorothy Parker.
7. LISTEN TO THIS Focus on the music of the age, the people behind the music, and the impact of the music.
8. CRIME SCENE Focus on the crimes, the trials, and the effects of these cases.
DIRECTIONS 1. Each team picks two topics under the table of contents.
2. Individual group members must write 2 articles for his team's topics.
3. Articles must be creative and grammatically written.
Primary Sources on the Web
Primary Sources on the Web
Library Research: Finding Primary Sources
Repositories of Primary Sources
EyeWitness to History
Eye Witness to History: Index
Critically Analyzing Information
General Resources on The Roaring Twenties
The Roaring Twenties: a snapshot of life in the 1920s
Along Millionaires' Row, at the Crest of Lenox Hill-Real Estate
The Astor Hotel: An American Studies Experience
New York City and the Astor: American Studies approach to the rise of New York over London and Paris as the greatest city in the world. 1900-1905
The Waldorf-Astoria The Plaza Hotel
The Plaza Residences: The official site of the Plaza Hotel in New York
Immigrants in New York 1870-1915 At this site you will visit a building in New York where immigrant families lived in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Click on "Urban Log Cabin." By clicking on different rooms, you will see a picture and read a story about the family that lived there. On the left, it is 1870. On the right side the year is 1915 or later. Make a list of the families living in the building for both time periods. Next to each family, tell the country they came from.
What kind of work did immigrants do to support their families? Which members of the family worked?