Rockefeller. Guggenheim. Vanderbilt. Kellogg. Hershey. Ilitch. These names may bring to mind empires and vast fortunes as well as chocolate, Frosted Flakes, and the Detroit Red Wings. Family names and their fortunes have a rich history in America and in the spirit of The Great Gatsby, we've begun to investigate some of them.
Students received the research project plan today and will choose their subjects tomorrow. Then we'll spend the month of November discovering the families' history, industry, money, and legacy. Kids will eventually display their findings for others to see. Initial interest level seems pretty high and I'm anxious to see how this goes.
As I was putting this project together I stumbled upon a website that absolutely stunned me. Click here to see true lifestyles of the rich and famous. Though most of the items are incredibly, ridiculously extravagent, the $1,010 gold-leafed edible cupcake is by far my favorite...and the diamond encrusted heels...and the private island...
So as the days go by kids are getting more and more involved in the lives of Nick, Jay, Tom, Daisy, and Myrtle, sometimes loathing the story and sometimes hating the characters. Can't wait to see all 3 movies!!