Unit Plan for The Catcher in the Rye —A “Place-Based” Approach

This Unit Plan for The Catcher in the Rye —A “Place-Based” Approach unit also includes:

"People never notice anything." As part of their study of The Catcher in the Rye, class members adopt Holden Caulfield's approach and spend time as quiet observers of their surrounding, recording their observations/reflections in a journal each day.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups collect images of New York's Penn Station, the Museum of Natural History, Central Park, and the city's subways
Classroom Considerations
  • Although designed for New York City residents, the unit could easily be adapted to any classroom
  • Discussions are based on the Junior Great Books framework
Pros
  • The 16-page unit plan includes an overview of the "place-based" approach to the novel, journal prompts, focus questions for each chapter, worksheets, graphic organizers, and lesson plans
Cons
  • None
Common Core