Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye. Little Brown: Boston, 1991. Print.
This file has a list of quotes by Holden that span the entire book. Students are asked to draw a conclusion about Holden using at least five quotes.
This is an excellent activity to profile a character in a way. You can provide supplementary texts on depression, compulsive lying, self-esteem, hypochondria, etc. and ask students to argue whether or not Holden suffers from a condition or if he is a typical teenager going through growing pains.
Option A: Classification in Groups
1. Students work in groups to classify Holden as a liar, typical teenager, mourner, etc. (You can give lower level students the groups with which to categorize and the higher level students can create the groups.)
2. Students share their work with the class.
3. Students complete the written response. (This can be a developed paragraph or an essay, depending on your students' needs.)
Option B: Independent
1. Students can independently group the passages to make an observation about Holden.
2. Students write and proofread the response before submitting.
3. Based on your students' needs and your objectives for this activity, you can use a rubric or grade the students' logical use of the text to make a conclusion.