This is a practice task for the New York State Common Core English Regents exam. The assignment also incorporates MLA citing, which can be modified to meet the state requirements on the exam. After students read The Catcher in the Rye, students will read the three included passages, one of which is a letter written by J.D. Salinger, to argue whether or not the novel should be adapted into a film. As a practice task for the state exam, the state provided rubric for this section of the exam should be used.
1. Read the novel. Students can be asked to pay close attention to certain passages of the text that the teacher deems important for the writing assignment at the end of the unit or the teacher can select one individual section of the book for students to use. In my eleventh grade class, I ask students to annotate the novel as they read. These notes can be used later on for the argument.
2. Day 1: Students actively read the three provided passages.
3. Day 2: Students write the argument.