This is a complete, loosely-structured novel unit for J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in The Rye. There is no strict schedule or pacing guide here, though the quizzes, study guides, the concluding essay, and the Socratic seminar would logically dictate the order of lesson delivery. You may find that you skip some activities, alter some activities and documents (by copying and pasting to word-processing documents), and change the order of delivery year by year, based on your scheduling, teaching style, and type of students.
Table of Contents:
14 Quizzes and Discussion Prompts Chapters 1-26 4
14 Study Guides Chapters 1-26 35
Keys to Study Guides Chapters 1-26 58
Characterization, motivation, and symbolism handout 90
Poetry analysis Activities/handouts 93
Student Prompts for a Socratic Seminar 97
Process Essay Prompts 100
Rubric for Process Essay 101
Final Exam 102
Answer Key for Final exam 106
Materials for Any Literature Unit
Multimedia Project: Common-Core Aligned 108
Archetypes Activity 110
Close Analysis Activity 112
Close Analysis Lecture Rubric 113
Metacognitive Preview 114
Reading Quiz Makeup 115
Reading Journal Prompts 117
The Post Film Essay 118
Thematic Flowchart 120
Rubric for Thematic Flowchart 121
Cooperative Essay Assignment 122
Cooperative Essay: Group Rating 123
As the table of contents suggests, there are many, many other assignments that an instructor may use, alter, augment, or skip. The unit is designed to revolve around either the Study Guides or the Combination Quizzes and Discussion Prompts, and to terminate in a Seminar and Culminating essay. Along the way an instructor will choose from the additional activities and lessons so as to end with a unit that suits the instructor's style, schedule, and students.
Study Guides: There are 14 student Study Guides for The Catcher in the Rye. Each study guide is one to two pages in length. Each study guide has a section of easy, comprehension-level questions and then a more thought-provoking set of analysis questions. The analysis questions will, for the most part, require some time, some thought, and some short, essay-style answers. There are also nine answers keys, one for each study guide.
These Study Guides make for great homework assignments, great in-class group assignments, great individual class-time assignments, or great pre-discussion assignments. I typically have students complete these at home, and then use the analysis prompts to guide us through an in-class discussion. This way, the students have worked over the ideas and have something to say.
There are also 14 combination chapter Quizzes and Discussion Prompts: these sets of quiz and discussion prompts are to be used verbally.
There are, of course, many ways to use such prompts, but for the record, here is how I use them. I assign reading, either in class or as homework. At the start of the next day's period, I verbally recite the quiz questions, or at least three of them. Students write their answers on binder paper. Then, students trade papers and I recite the answers. There are sometimes negotiations and debates about the answers and sometimes I allow for a student to add something to the answer key. Then, I read the discussion prompts to the students, all at once, so they can process them for a few moments. Finally, we proceed through the questions one-by-one. Sometimes I skip questions; sometimes I add questions. Go ahead and alter things to suit your needs. The purpose of the quiz questions is to assess the level of student reading and student comprehension. And, let us be honest, to make students accountable for the reading assignments. I want to be clear: the quiz questions are not analytical, but the discussion prompts are. The quiz questions have the answers written immediately under the questions. Again, this is a verbal quiz. You cannot hand these out. If you don't like verbal quizzes, use the study guides instead, see above. Note: combination Quizzes and Discussion Guides and the Study Guides are reformatted versions of the same document. You will want to use one or the other, but not both.
Also note, approximately 30 pages of this packet are comprised of answer keys to the study guides.