J. D. Salinger was approached frequently by producers wishing to purchase the stage/screen rights to The Catcher in the Rye. He was adamantly opposed to making the famous novel into a film or a plan, and he explains why in this 1957 letter to a Mr. Herbert. This activity requires your students to analyze his letter. There are six questions, all of which require critical thinking. Two of the questions deal with figuring out the meanings of words in context, one deals with the tone of the letter, and three ask students to reflect on the content of the letter itself and Salinger's statements in the letter regarding why he opposed making the book into a movie. Students are required to support their answers.
This activity can be used as part of an end-of-book-assessment or a stand-alone activity; I've even used it as part of a summer reading assignment. It's one of my favorite activities for wrapping up a study of this reclusive author and the popular novel.