The Great Gatsby Escape Room – Introduction to the Roaring Twenties


Total Pages: 45
File Size: 4 MB


Introduce your students to the Roaring 20s with this incredible Great Gatsby Escape Room! Whether you’re reading The Great Gatsby or discussing the era in Social Studies, this game has you covered.

Students learn about…
⭐ Context
Famous figures
The debate around Prohibition

More about The Great Gatsby Escape Room resource…
✅ Critical thinking & Collaboration
✅ ~75 minutes for 9th graders
✅ No tech required

You can have students move around the room by setting up this game as stations or you can have them work with teams around a table. Either way, this is an immersive introduction to the Roaring Twenties.

Looking for the digital version? Find it here.

What teachers like you are saying:
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “This escape room was great because it was simple yet engaging. It gave my students an excellent introduction to the background of The Great Gatsby. I highly recommend this resource.” -Jessica A., 12th SPED

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “SO BRILLIANT! When it comes to learning about history in English class to set up a The Great Gatsby, look no further than this resource and Harlem Renaissance Escape Room. I used both Escape rooms to set the foundation of the novel, and these tools do an AMAZING job. They’re fun and easy glimpses into the life of the Roaring Twenties. I especially appreciate that these resources don’t just focus on the glitz and glam of the 1920s but also focus on the hardships and realities.” -Jesenia K., 11th

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “This activity was AWESOME! My kids have never been so engaged with an activity, especially one that took two days. This was streamlined and easy to follow.” -Bailey W.

Your Roaring 20s – The Great Gatsby Escape Room includes:
Four core tasks with instructions and clues
Quality of Living – reading passage and vocabulary activity
Icons & Influencers in women’s liberation
Prohibition-Era Songs – lyrics close reading activity
Secret Quote (hint: it’s from The Great Gatsby!)
Writing extensions (either analytical or personal responses)
Station Cards
“Oops” cards (for optional increased difficulty)
Student Answer Sheets
A full Teacher’s Guide with set-up options, a printing checklist, and an Answer Key
Two quiz variations
Additional discussion & research questions
Full source list to learn more about the Roaring Twenties
A poster for your door and “We Escaped!” and “We Tried!” cards

A Word About Timing:
The Great Gatsby Escape Room resource has wide appeal and placement in curricula, so it’s up to you how long to spend on the activity. With 9th graders in a regular class, I’d plan on 75 minutes.

I’ve included some options for having your students pre-read the articles or splitting the activity over two or three days. There is a lot of reading in this Great Gatsby Escape Room, so it really depends on what fits your classroom.

As with any Escape Room activity, I recommend that you play through it on your own first before presenting it to your students.

About Your The Great Gatsby Escape Room Resource:
Your download is a .zip file containing a .pdf of the Escape Room. You also get .pdfs of the article and song lyrics for easy upload to your class drive.

Feel free to email me at if you have any questions. 🙂

❤️ This resource pairs well with my Introduction to the Harlem Renaissance Escape Room – together, they really provide a wide context for American Literature and culture in the 1920s-30s.

❤️ Since your students looove puzzles, take a look at my Team Trivia Bellringers!

❤️ If you’re ready to make (and sell!) your own fabulous escape rooms, check out this Escape Room Template Kit. Happy creating!

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