Students from Trish Tripepi's American
Literature classes dressed up 20's style.
Left to right: Princeton Faure, Kimmy
Nguyen, Raymon Confiado, Maryam
Qudus, Natalie Moisa, Danielle Chinchilla
Ashley Carter/Courier Photo
Flappers and gangsters appeared in Room 532 earlier this week when, for the 18th year in a row, Trish Tripepiís American Lit students ended a unit on The Great Gatsby by holding a Roaring 20ís party. Students are required to attend the party as a real person from that time period, after conducting research a few weeks ago in order to become familar with their chosen character.
Ms. Tripepi points out that the party is always a favorite among her students, and says that when she runs into former students, itís one of the fond memories they always recall from her class.
ď Not only is it a fun way to bring the Great Gatsby unit to a close,Ē she notes, ďbut itís also a chance for students to become more familar with a period of history that they never experienced. Through this activity, they get a first-hand look at people, fashion, slang and behavior.Ē
Students can earn extra credit by doing readings of poems from the 1920ís or by teaching dances like The Charleston to the rest of the class.
Silent movies show in the background while 1920ís music blares from CD or iPod players, and students bring in beverages and snacks to share. This year the party fell on the last day before finals, so it was a great way to end the semester.