Catcher in the Rye Through a Mental Heath Lens

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Making Meaning with Melissa
Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
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40 pages
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Are you teaching Catcher in the Rye, but struggling to make it relevant? Teach it through a Mental Health Lens and help the students to connect to Holden.

In my own class, I was finding that my students were having a hard time connecting to Holden, and not really liking him or the book. By focusing on Holden's Mental Health and tying the book to current teen issues, we were able to turn it all around.

This resource provides a mental health bookmark that students will use as a symptom tracker, a Say, Mean, Matter model and three charts, three additional articles, a Holden and Sexuality Gallery Walk Activity, and a Writing Prompt. Using these resources made the novel much more relevant for my students and it can for yours, too!

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Total Pages
40 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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