The Catcher in the Rye Novel Study - 128-Page NO-PREP Unit Plan

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The Catcher in the Rye 128-page novel unit includes resources, lessons, activities, quizzes, tests, and more for teaching The Catcher in the Rye in Grades 10-12! Classroom-Tested by over 1,000 teachers, with a 4.8/5 Rating! Please note that this product is a printable PDF and will need modification for use in Google Classroom.

This The Catcher in the Rye Novel Guide includes:

Texts and Pre-Reading Activities to engage students and to support and introduce themes and context before reading

Author Biography and corresponding questions on author J.D. Salinger

Informational Text on Post-World War II New York City

✅ Article on Understanding and Dealing with Loss with corresponding questions

✅ List of Pre-Reading Ideas

Pre-Reading Activities on

  • Discovering Universal Themes
  • Discussing Universal Ideas
  • Understanding Symbolism
  • Bildungsroman

Vocabulary Lists With and Without Definitions

✅ Glossary of Allusions and Terminology from the novel

Note-Taking and Summarizing Charts

Comprehension Check/Study Guide Questions

Novel-based Literary Analysis Activities that support student practice in text analysis and close reading and dig deeper into the text, specifically, activities on:

✴️ Diction and Syntax

✴️ Characterization and Foils

✴️ Stream of Consciousness

✴️ Types of Conflict

✴️ Perspective

✴️ Themes

✴️ Absent Characters

✴️ Symbolism

Novel-based Vocabulary and Grammar Activities that support student practice, using the text of the novel, specifically on:

✴️ Vocabulary in Context

✴️ Word Roots

✴️ Changing Parts of Speech

✴️ Word Parts

✴️ Multiple Definitions

✴️ Connotation and Denotation

❇️ Reading Quizzes every two or three chapters

❇️ Vocabulary Quizzes every two or three chapters

❇️ Two Different Final Test Versions, one entirely Multiple Choice

❇️ Summary of the Novel

❇️ List of Post-Reading and Alternative Assessment Ideas

❇️ Essay/Writing Ideas

❇️ 2 different project rubrics

❇️ Response to Literature Rubric

❇️ Sample Agenda with notes for the Teacher

❇️ Complete Answer Key

Here's what other teachers have to say about this unit on The Catcher in the Rye:

❤️️ This is an AMAZING resource. And that someone took the time (and saved me some!) to connect to Common Core in a meaningful, authentic, and very accessible way, well, that just makes this resource quite possibly one of the best I have ordered here. - S Norris

❤️️ The Catcher in the Rye Unit is extremely thorough from pre-reading to post-reading. I love the options available on every level to explore literary elements to literary techniques as well as testing and writing. As a homeschool mom working with my senior, I am in awe that you also feel such depth is important in the study of literature! - Susan S.

❤️️ Wonderful. SO thorough and covers everything that I'd like to with Catcher in the Rye, while making sure I'm connecting to Common Core. I wanted something that was going to require my students to be a little more in-depth than when I have taught this in year's past and I think this is great. Thank you! - Hannah S.

❤️️ This is a comprehensive resource for The Catcher in the Rye. This is the only source you will need to incorporate the Common Core into your lessons! - Donna A.

❤️️ This was a great resource. It was easy to follow, relevant to what I wanted in my unit, and challenging for my students! - Jennifer W.

❤️️ This resource is a great starting place for my Catcher unit. It pulls in some excellent content in the Standards Focus Activities section. - Rachel C.


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