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The Great Gatsby Arugmentative Essay

Does The Great Gatsby represent Americans and/or America during the 1920's?  Research the American Jazz Age (1920's) and create a knowledgeable and convincing argument in at least five paragraphs.   

Use three quotations from the novel for support.  Use at least three facts/examples from your research for historical support.  Use MLA citation for the novel and research with a separate citation page.  Use at least one database on the “Great Gatsby” link on the LHS library webpage. 

Required rough draft due:  Thurs. 12/8.  This counts as a homework grade and will be accepted late.

Final typed essay due: Mon. 12/12

Computer lab time:  Fri. 12/2, Wed. 12/7 and Fri. 12/9 


Essay tips:

  • In your introduction include: title of the book (underlined or italics) and author; a statement agreeing/disagreeing with the essential question; topics from novel and history which will prove your side.
  • Provide relevant historic examples to prove your argument and to connect with the novel.
  • Do not use "I think/believe" except in the conclusion.
  • Use formal style/tone.
  • Punctuate novel quotes correctly with Fitzerald and page number and use extra quote marks for direct dialogue.  Also set up and explain quotes.  Use NoodleTools or other citation guide for your citation page.
  • The first sentence of each paragraph is your topic sentence: what you will prove in the paragraph.

               Weak topic sentence: Gatsby is the main character in the novel.

               Strong topic sentence: Jay Gatsby represents the class of new rich in the early 1920's who were investing and spending carelessly.

  • Choose a catchy title to tie the novel in with your research.
  • Double-space, 12 inch font, 1 inch margins

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