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 - 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 our final unit 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.
Tuesday - Introduce our paired movie for this unit: The Dead Poets' Society. Journal: What do you imagine the societal expectations were for upper-middle class adolescents during the 1950s? Pass out viewing questions and guide. Begin movie.
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. Finish up movie. Chapters 7-11 due Monday.
Monday - Review chapter 8 FRJs and analyze the chapter. Worksheet on literary devices and the importance of each within Fitzgerald's novel. Continue watching movie.
HW - None.
Tuesday - DO NOW: Why was Fitzgerald's novel unpopular when it first came out? How could such a popular novel today be so unpopular back when it first came out? Movie comparison - DiCaprio vs. Redford version. Journal response. Pass out Socratic Seminar questions. Reading time. Movie.
HW - Chapter 9 FRJ due Thursday.
Thursday - Finish watching movie. Discuss end of the book. Socratic Seminar preparation time.
HW - Prepare for seminar.
Friday - Socratic Seminar.