A revision summary of the background to 'The Great Gatsby'.

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This clip could be used to help students link their learning about the historical context to their understanding of the text. After watching the clip, students (working in pairs) could work through the themes listed in the clip - economic extremes, social class divisions, prohibition, gambling - and look for events or quotations from the text that address or reference these real world issues. Students could then choose a few of these points to write an essay about the influence of the historical context on the novel.