The Catcher in the Rye and Rebel Without a Cause should both be taught in high schools and colleges. They are both relevant and they both have messages that today's youth can recognize. This combo pack provides you with the ability to teach two American classics in a way that is entertaining and useful to students, while it also meets all the needs to teaching ACT or SAT or Common Core-type reading skills.
As a teacher trained in writing ACT-like reading quizzes, I can tell you that the Catcher chapter quizzes ARE ACT-like and that they are excellent practice for standardized tests WITHOUT teaching to the test. That's your goal, I hope. You can still teach classics if you focus on reading skills, and I have three chapters turned into these very challenging quizzes. I have a fourth reading quiz in the same style. These quizzes also include Quizstar Import Codes for total online assessment and data analysis, great for your PDP, PDSA, SLO, or favorite Alphabet Soup.
Besides the great quizzes, you also get notes for each day of viewing Rebel. Most of the notes were compiled by my co-teacher as I led discussions based on my hand-written notes. Even a seasoned film teacher will find some of the insights useful.
I put together a 1950s Introduction PowerPoint that you will be able to use. It gets the job done and sets the stage for the stories and for the eventual paper.
The paper is expandable, but you can use it as is. I got very well-thought responses to the paper, and all students felt that they were adding something important to the conversation rather than just reciting Wikipedia. I have also included the insanely good template for the paper that I allowed students to use. If you make it a requirement, you will be amazed by the results. As an added bonus, all you have to do is make a few edits to use the template for any paper, and I'm selling a similar template for $10.
I am including two different websearch assignments. One is available free, so I'm just providing a link, but the other is an introductory 1950s websearch. The other worksheets and questions have been used successfully as in-class discussions or worksheets. This unit can be done completely online using Google Docs, Moodle, or whatever your CMS.
The contents of this very sincere combo pack is anything but phony, and it provides enough material to successfully teach either Rebel, Catcher, or both stories for the duration of 2-3 weeks. You DO NOT want to have to create skills band ACT reading quizzes for this or any other book. I have done this for you. I looked for better material on all the free sites so you don't have to. I put the hours in so you can relax. That's the whole idea behind the Educabana store on TpT and educabana.com.
Even if you're not teaching EITHER of these stories, the ACT-like practice quizzes and 1950s introductory material could be integrated with a social studies unit about Post WWII America. Or an art unit doing the same thing. If you want to remain important to your district as a teacher who can integrate across the curriculum, this is the type of unit you should try to use in connection with your subject matter.
If you're a homesechool parent, you might think that part of the reason you're homesechooling is to avoid liberal English teachers and their use of The Catcher in the Rye. If all you use is Chapter 25, you can still teach that wonderful moment in the novel that no American should miss, and then you could teach Rebel, which is a film with a conservative message.
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