This lesson teaches the students about the literary device "leitmotif," and how JD Salinger uses leitmotif in his work. You can work it into a two day lesson if you have time, or assign the paragraph for homework.
Handout with excerpt from The Catcher in the Rye
Worksheet for Paragraph
Essential Questions: How do tragic events affect a teenager? How does writing style affect characterization? What could account for Holden’s distrust of adults and males?
Objectives for the Lesson: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what The Catcher in the Rye says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. Determine a theme of the problems of growing up in the literature and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text. Analyze how Holden Caulfield develops over the course of the chapter, interacts with other characters, and advances the plot or develops the theme of the problems of growing up. Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on topic of growing up, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Teacher Materials: JD Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, computer, projector, powerpoint presentation
Student Materials: Notebook, JD Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye handout, pen and paper