Before jumping into the Jazz Age classic The Great Gatsby, students in Hillary Hale Thompson’s English 3 looked to the Harlem Renaissance for literary context. This movement inspired a legendary cast of characters including musicians, dancers, political theorists, poets and writers. Students chose one of these legends to study and interpret for their classmates, and then held a fair to share their learning with visual displays.
What did the students think? Read on:
“I learned that jazz is definitely not elevator music. It was sexy like our rap music”- Binty Noble
“Prohibition definitely didn’t work. This time was about alcohol, clubs, and music. It was young”– Marcos Franco
“I’m so excited to read The Great Gatsby now. I can’t wait til next week!”-YQ Wheaton