White Noise is an honor's level text that would perhaps best be placed in an 11th or 12th grade class, though it does work in 9th grade as well (where I teach it). The lesson plan's first few days attempt to provide a template for how students should be reading the novel--every novel, really, but with White Noise in particular students should be interpreting through a close analysis of the text's numerous references and images on every page. Delillo has never been easy, though he is nearly always rewarding. But White Noise is quite accessible and playful and entirely enjoyable to both read and teach.
The opening days of the White Noise lesson plan are meticulously, if not excessively notated (as seen in Day 2 preview), but these notes are as much intended for guiding the students through class discussions as they are for helping the teacher prepare for those discussions. They are not in any way intended to be a distraction, which they could be if the teacher were to follow them during the actual lesson. Bolded phrases and questions, however, are meant to capture the teacher's eye as mere reminders of where to direct the students' attention during discussion.
"The Love Between Us," by Sharon Olds.
"Quake Theory," by Sharon Olds.
Critical Essay: "Closing the Loop: White Noise," by Tom LeClair.
Wonder Boys, Dir. Curtis Hanson.
Essay: Fear and Resolution in White Noise.
The White Noise lesson plan is a four-week, day-to-day lesson plan. Note: bolded headings in the plan are transitional points within the class period. All homework/handouts are copy-ready (see Blood Meridian preview and description for an example).