The Great Gatsby Escape Room – Introduction to the Roaring Twenties


Total Pages: 45
File Size: 4 MB


This Roaring Twenties Escape Room is the perfect way to introduce your students to the era in ELA (before teaching The Great Gatsby, for example) or Social Studies. It has a Quality of Life reading and Vocabulary Match-Up, Icons & Influencers Biography cards, a Prohibition-Era Song Close Reading activity, and a secret quote. You can present this as a Breakout Box (groups work at their desks) or as an Escape Room (groups seek clues you’ve hidden in the classroom). It has been designed to take 75 minutes, but you may want to plan more time based on the level of your students. This resource includes a complete Teacher’s Guide (set-up, printing checklist, differentiation), extension activities, and an Answer Key. (grades 9-12)

Perfect for ELA or Social Studies.

If you like, you can find the digital version of this game here.

What You Get:

1. 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

2. Writing extensions (either analytical or personal responses)

3. Station Cards

4. “Oops” cards (for optional increased difficulty)

5. Student Answer Sheets

6. A full Teacher’s Guide with set-up options, a printing checklist, and an Answer Key

7. Two quiz variations

8. Additional discussion & research questions

9. Full source list

10. A poster for your door and “We Escaped!” and “We Tried!” cards

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A Word About Timing:
This 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 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 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. 🙂

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