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WDC English students study 'Gatsby'

Photo by Dana Pavek/WDC Schools WDC sophomore students created interactive booths showcasing the novel, "The Great Gatsby," by asking questions about characters and elements in the story. From left, Shane Motschenbacher is quizzed on who was the narrator of the story, as Jessica Iken, Haley Lowers, Victoria Witthuhn and Emily Orsello wait for his answer: Nick Carraway.

Wadena-Deer Creek sophomore students recently finished reading "The Great Gatsby," a novel written by Minnesota-born author F. Scott Fitzgerald.

WDC English teacher Beth Hawkins said the novel teaches students many literary elements, as well as a snapshot in history during the Roaring 1920s.

"It's beautifully written work," said Hawkins of Fitzgerald's book. "It helps students understand symbolism, irony, characterization and many other literary elements."

Hawkins said the novel takes place right before the Great Depression, and shows students what was going on in America at that time.

"It is like a snapshot of history," said Hawkins. "Students are taught that during the pre-depression, the world celebrated excess and 'The Great Gatsby' showcases it through Gatsby's lavish lifestyle. He represents America at that time in history."

Hawkins' English classes spend about two weeks reading and discussing "The Great Gatsby," and then students create a booth that showcases the literary elements and questions about characters found in the novel. WDC students and staff were invited to attend the "Gatsby Fair" on Friday, March 23 during fifth and seventh hour class periods, where they voted for the best booth.