Why do we continue to teach The Great Gatsby in high schools? How do we teach it? What types of activities best foster an understanding of its cultural value? And how do we leverage that value to encourage young readers to ply its themes to their own developing self-understanding? Additionally, how do current events, especially those concerning the cultural diversity that student populations today reflect, influence our teaching? Join us as we address these and other challenges to inspiring high schoolers to appreciate this literary landmark as it approaches its 100th birthday. Roundtable participants include:
1. Dr Julie Kenyon, Fitzgerald scholar, Blind Brook High School, Rye Brook, New York
2. Ms. Caroline Baldwin, Rye High School, Victoria, British Columbia
3. Dr. Michael Bieze, Chairman, Fine Arts Department, Marist School, Atlanta, GA.
4. Ms. Alysha Butler, District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington DC
5. Ms. Alexandra Howes, Twin Cities Academy, Saint Paul, Minnesota
6. Ruth-Terry Walden, Esq., AntiRacist Teaching and Learning Collective and literature teacher at Westhill High School, Stamford, Connecticut