One great way to help students connect with a text like The Great Gatsby is to bring the text into the modern day. By creating social media posters for characters in the novel, students will examine relationships through the lens of modern social classes, cliques, and personas. For instance, the face that Jay Gatsby puts on in public is different than what's happening in his personal life.
The profiles and what is included on them should be drawn from the text itself, or from inferences students are able to make. They should include conversations and interactions through the form of private messaging, timeline posts, and more. To expand this activity into a group project, assign each student a character, and have them work with a small group to recreate the story.
An alternative to this assignment is to create and print out social media page worksheets for students to complete offline, or give them the choice if they'd like to create digitally or with pen and paper.
To find additional templates for this activity, please check out our social media page templates.
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Create a social media profile for a character or characters of your choice from The Great Gatsby using a poster-sized storyboard!
Grade Level 9-12
Difficulty Level 5 (Advanced / Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or Group
Type of Activity: Social Media Posters