Monday - Quick reading quiz on all of the chapters that have been assigned out to the students thus far. DO NOW: Why do we lie? Identifying lies within chapter 8 with Holden. What is the reason for each lie? "The Truth About Lying" article and discussion. Continue to stay up to date with reading schedule.
Tuesday/Wednesday - Writing like Salinger - what phrases, words, attitude, and tone does Salinger use in his writing style? The students will retell a fairy tale or a personal story in the voice of Holden and in Salinger's style. Share out after finished writing. Time to read.
Thursday - Thoughts on the book thus far - is it still relevant today? Discuss. Read a New York Times article titled, "Get a Life, Holden Caulfield." Journal response. Go over chapters from the students' reading schedule. Read, if time.
Friday - Class discussion on various videos from the PBS "American Masters" series on Salinger and The Catcher in the Rye. Continue with reading schedule.
Monday - Begin one of our final units of the year: The Catcher in the Rye. Return Gatsby books in order to receive a copy of Catcher. Journal questions: What does it mean to be a teenager activity. Debate and share out. Begin reading as a class.
HW - Chapters 1-3 due on on Thursday.
Tuesday/Wednesday - Introduce our paired movie for this unit: Finding Forrester. Journal: What are the societal expectations for for most adolescents today? Pass out viewing questions and guide. Begin movie.
HW - Chapters 4-6 due on Friday with FRJ.
Thursday - Journal entries for chapters 1-3. Review reading and field any questions. Today we will analyze Holden's attitudes through the author's purpose, quotations, importance of place, and character motivations. Discuss. Continue with movie.
Friday - First FRJ for chapters 4-6 due. Review first six chapters. Journal responses. "The Sibling Connection" article and analysis - how does this connect to Holden? Find specific examples that relate to the article. Movie, if time.. Chapters 7-11 due Monday.
Monday - DO NOW: What does it show about Gatsby when he says, “What was the use of doing great things if I could have a better time telling her what I was going to do”? Begin chapter 8-9 review questions. Share out responses. Finish up movie.
Tuesday/Wednesday - Pass out essay and rubric. Allow students time to choose prompt and start planning essay.
Thursday - Work day in computer lab.
Friday - Essays are due at the beginning of class. Twilight Zone connection piece to finish out the unit.