The Catcher in the Rye

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A 20-clue crossword puzzle tests reader's recall of events in J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use as a review before a final assessment 
  • Have the class critique the strengths and weaknesses of the puzzle and then ask groups to create their own puzzles for the play
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires individual copies of the puzzle
  • Presumes readers have closely read the novel
Pros

  • An answer key is included
Cons

  • The clues focus on identifying characters and events in the story rather than on the significance of events
  • Many of the fill-in-the-blank clues are vague and confusing