Monday - End of chapter 24 due. Chapter questions in small groups. Review chapter questions. Pass out parody assignment. Allow students time to begin crafting this assignment. This will be due on Wednesday. Continue watching movie.
Wednesday - End of the book due along with the parody assignment. Review chapter 25 in small groups and then lead a discussion as a whole class. Pass out letter assignment; this will count as a classwork grade. The students will have time to write these in class. Share out if time allows.
Thursday - Pass out Socratic Seminar materials. Give students time to start preparing for the questions and writing down textual analysis and support.
Friday - SOCRATIC SEMINAR.
Monday - NO SCHOOL. Please keep up with reading schedule.
Wednesday - Chapters 20-21 due. Quiz on chapters 18-19. Review quiz as a class. Character development worksheet. Work time in groups. Share out answers. Read/movie to end class.
Thursday - 18-21 reading review questions in small groups. Review as a whole class. We will take a close look at the title and make connections. Transition to symbolism work. Have students to go up to the board and write down answers. Read/movie.
Friday - DO NOW to begin class. Symbolism worksheet. Write down ideas on the whiteboard, and discuss symbolic meanings of major objects in the novel. Movie to finish class.
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.
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 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.
HW - Chapters 1-3 due on Wednesday.
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.
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 review questions. Worksheet on literary devices and the importance of each within Fitzgerald's novel. Share out responses.
HW - Finish the book for Wednesday.
Wednesday - 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 essay and rubric. Allow students time to choose prompt and start planning essay.
Thursday - Work day in computer lab.
Friday - Last day to work on essay in class. Essays will be due at the end of class.