By Annie Stoll
During Prohibition, cocktail parties were all the rage for the rich and infamous. So Mrs. Welkenbach, an English teacher at Viera High School, had the ingenious idea of having a mock cocktail party, a mock-tail party, for her English 3 classes to introduce the novel they would soon be reading, The Great Gatsby. She assigned each student a character and description of that character from The Great Gatsby, describing what kind of person they were going to be for the day. The students then created business cards for that character, dressed up as if they were in the time period, mingled amongst their peers as they acted out their parts to get to know the various characters from the novel while sipping mock cocktails. “It was a fine class period, filled with classy people, and great cocktails,” claimed Allison Summers (upper right). It sounds like the party was a successful, fun way to introduce the book.