Summer Reading (Grades 9-12)
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The Great Gatsby Unit
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The novel depicts at time that Fitzgerald called the "Jazz Age." Ont he heels of World War I, the U.S. enjoyed unprecedented levels of prosperity during the 1920s as the economy took off. Concurrently, Prohibition, the ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol, fed the wealth of the bootleggers and promoted organized crime. Nick Carraway idolized the riches and glamour of the age, at the same time he disliked the unrestrained materialism and lack of morality that went with it.
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