The Catcher in the Rye: A Unit Plan
Based on the book by J. D. Salinger Written by Mary B. Collins
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TABLE OF CONTENTS - The Catcher in the Rye Introduction Unit Objectives Reading Assignment Sheet Unit Outline Study Questions (Short Answer) Quiz/Study Questions (Multiple Choice) Pre-reading Vocabulary Worksheets Lesson One (Introductory Lesson) Nonfiction Assignment Sheet Oral Reading Evaluation Form Writing Assignment 1 Writing Assignment 2 Writing Assignment 3 Writing Evaluation Form Vocabulary Review Activities Extra Writing Assignments/Discussion ?s Unit Review Activities Unit Tests Unit Resource Materials Vocabulary Resource Materials 5 8 9 10 13 20 35 45 47 50 48 64 68 67 62 59 69 73 103 117
ABOUT THE AUTHOR J. D. SALINGER SALINGER, J. D. (born 1919). Although he is one of the most widely read authors in the English language, J. D. Salinger successfully kept himself out of the public eye for most of his career. His preference for seclusion made his life a matter of speculation among fans and his literary output a subject of controversy among critics. Jerome David Salinger was born in New York City on Jan. 1, 1919. After studying at Columbia and New York universities, he turned to writing. His first short story appeared in Story magazine in 1940. After service in World War II his stories appeared regularly in The New Yorker magazine. Major recognition and a large following came with his novel, 'The Catcher in the Rye', published in 1951. This touching and humorous story about a rebellious teenager became a cult book among university students. It was followed by 'Nine Stories' (1953), 'Franny and Zooey' (1961), 'Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters; and Seymour: an Introduction' (1963). The last three are mostly stories about the Glass family. Altogether Salinger produced 13 short stories and one novel. Some of the stories made use of his wartime experiences, as in "For Esme-With Love and Squalor" (1950). "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" (1948) concerns the suicide of veteran Seymour Glass. Salinger seemed at his best in dramatizing the lives of children. Much of his work concerns the lost innocence of childhood.
INTRODUCTION This unit has been designed to develop students' reading, writing, thinking, and language skills through exercises and activities related to The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. It includes seventeen lessons, supported by extra resource materials. The introductory lesson introduces students to one main theme of the novel through the first writing assignment of the unit. Following the introductory activity, students are given a transition to explain how the activity relates to the book they are about to read. Following the transition, students are given the materials they will be using during the unit. At the end of the lesson, students begin the pre-reading work for the first reading assignment. The reading assignments are approximately thirty pages each; some are a little shorter while others are a little longer. Students have approximately 15 minutes of pre-reading work to do prior to each reading assignment. This pre-reading work involves reviewing the study questions for the assignment and doing some vocabulary work for 8 to 10 vocabulary words they will encounter in their reading. The study guide questions are fact-based questions; students can find the answers to these questions right in the text. These questions come in two formats: short answer or multiple choice. The best use of these materials is probably to use the short...
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