Per 6 Catcher

Love him or hate him, it’s time to get to know Holden Caulfield!

5802693786_c810e059d9_bEssential Questions:
1. In what ways do our experiences inform our identity?

2. How can we understand the relationship between the individual and society?

3. Which state is more desirable innocence or experience?

4. What does it mean to stay true to yourself?

5. What are the effects of alienation on the indvidual?

What you should be able to do after this unit:

1.  Deepen your critical reading skills
2.  Identify and discuss how motifs contribute to the theme of a work
3.  Understand how experiences contribute to character transformation
4.  Identify areas where a narrator may not be telling the whole truth and discuss how that contributes to the theme of a work and the power of storytelling

Final-Assignment Final Assignment:

Student Choice of Personal Narrative or Creative Piece (more details to follow…)

  • We’ll be brainstorming and practicing with each kind

Mon 10/16
Reading Q1 Books

Intro to Catcher

  • I say “we’re reading a book written in 1945, what images, thoughts, themes, etc. come to mind?
  • Post war America
  • NYC Images (see LOOKING AT IMAGES OF NEW YORK CITY FROM THE LATE 1940S TO EARLY 1950S.doc)

HW:  Reading Q1 Books

Tues 10/17
Reading Q1 Books

Reviewing images

HW:  Reading Q1 Books

Wed 10/18
Reading Q1 Books – 15 min

QW:  Describe the social scene here at NCHS.  Where do you fit in?

  • Reading p 1 of Catcher together
  • “all that David Copperfield kind of crap”
  • Reading Journal assignment

HW:  Reading journal for chapters 1 & 2

Thurs 10/19
Reading Q1 Books – 20 min

QW: Is life a game? What kind of game? Whose rules are we playing by? Does everyone have a fair chance to win?

Reviewing reading journal and initial understanding of Holden

HW:  Reading journal for chapters 3 & reading Q1 book *Journal Due next Friday!!!

Fri 10/20
Drop

Mon 10/23
Reading quarter reading books

Tues 10/24
Reading Q1 Books

Adding to our initial understanding of Holden

How does Holden modify events in his memory in order to suit his emotional needs?
(page 3 — unreliable narrator &denotation and connotation)

HW:  Finish reading your Q1Books and Journal 4 & 5 due Friday

Wed 10/25
Reading Q1 books

QW:  How can the feeling of alienation affect the individual?  How might someone who is feeling alienated feel and behave?

  • Identifying textual evidence about alienation
  • Holden’s response to costume day

HW:  Finish Holden’s response and reading Q1 books and journals

Thurs 10/26
Symbols & motifs

Catcher reading journal for chapters 4 & 5 — Include 1 motif & 1 symbol (at least!)

HW:  Finish journals due at 2.05 tomorrow

Fri 10/27
Q1 Reading Journal due tomorrow at 2.05
Annotations for symbols and motifs

HW: Catcher Journal for chapters 6-8 On the Catcher reading journal – 3 quotes for chapter 6 and 1 quote for chapter 7 and one quote from chapter 8

Mon 10/30
Reviewing annotations

  • Examining Quotes about Jane Gallagher & Allie
  • Patterns and understanding Holden’s internal and external conflicts

HW: Catcher Reading Journal Chapters 9-10

Tues 10/31
Re-enacting the Mrs. Morrow Scene

  • How Holden says it happened?
  • How do you think it went down?
    • What does this reveal about Holden’s character and his internal conflict?

HW: Consider the pattern of details in the scene with the phone call with Faith Cavendish and the scene with the three witches and write a response to each of the following questions:

  • What patterns do you see in these two instances that lead you to see inconsistency and unreliability in Holden? What insight does this give you to Holden and his internal conflicts and unresolved issues?
  • Pick either Faith or one of the three witches and consider her point of view. How would their experience differ from Holden’s portrayal? How does he come across to them?  Write from their perspective, describing the encounter?

Wed 11/1
Drop

Thurs 11/2
Sharing homework

Acting out scene from the other character’s perspective

HW:  Reading journal for Chapter 11-13

Fri 11/3
Holden’s Reaction to Are You Popular?

  • writing and submitting on classroom.google.com
  • Reading aloud paragraphs

HW:  Catcher reading journal 14&15

Monday 11/6
Book talks with Ms. Luhtala

HW:  Read 15 pages of new book

Tues 11/7
No School – Election day

Wed 11/8
Reading Q2 Books

Thurs 11/9
Holden’s patterns of behavior and emotions (assignment on classroom)

Reading Chapter 16 with journal entry

HW:  Reading journal 16 *Bring Q2 reading books tomorrow

Fri 11/10
Reading Q2 Books for 15 min

Catching up with Holden

  • What transformation has Holden undergone thus far?
  • What has happened to him?

HW:  Catcher Journal 17-18

Mon 11/13
Choose one or more of the prompts below:

  • Consider a time when you disagreed with a friend or a parent. If you were telling that story to another friend, how would you tell it with emotional embellishment? Write that version.
  • Remember a time when you tried to impress someone you had your eye on at the pool/beach. At school? When you ran into them in town? At a party? Now pick one of those moments and write the story the way you wished it had happened.
  • Think about a time in which you did or said something embarrassing in front of your friends or people you don’t know. Now tell that story but in a way that it wasn’t really your fault or that you come out not as embarrassing.

HW:  Reading chapter 19 – pay attention to details where Holden may not be telling the whole truth.  Bring Q2 books for Wednesday’s class.  

Tues 11/14
Drop

Wed 11/15
Reading Q2 Books
Reviewing Chapter 19

  • What would Carl say about his encounter with Holden?

HW:  Reading journal 20 & 21

Thurs 11/16
Reading Chapter 22 together

  • What does this chapter reveal about Holden?
  • What are the events that have shaped Holden’s emotional life?
  • Tracking Holden’s emotional pain – what is the impact on him?

Visually mapping Holden’s emotional journey while leaving room for the end

  • With your group, create a visual representation of Holden’s emotional journey.  How you choose to represent this journey is up to you, but you must include the following:
    • Include 6 stops/places/events/indicators with corresponding quote about his emotional truth at this moment
    • Include also a prediction for the end – Remember his question he has in the back of his mind, is where will he go and you know that he ends up in a hospital in LA.  What happens between being at home and getting to LA?

HW:  Catcher 23 & 24

Fri 11/17
Finish the maps

Visually mapping Holden’s emotional journey while leaving room for the end

  • With your group, create a visual representation of Holden’s emotional journey.  How you choose to represent this journey is up to you, but you must include the following:
  • Include 6 stops/places/events/indicators with corresponding quote about his emotional truth at this moment
  • Include also a prediction for the end – Remember his question he has in the back of his mind, is where will he go and you know that he ends up in a hospital in LA.  What happens between being at home and getting to LA?

HW: Catcher journals 25 & 26

Mon 11/20 
Adding to the visual maps of Holden’s emotional journey

Tues 11/21
In class RTL

  • What is Holden’s transformation from the beginning to the end?
  • What are his key catalysts for change?

HW:  Bring Q2 Books for Wednesday’s class

Wed 11/22
Reading Q2 books

HW:  Have a Happy Thanksgiving and keep reading!

Mon 11/27
Assignment Overview

Narrative structure

Brainstorming &proposal

HW:  Get proposal in and start outlining or drafting

Tues 11/28
Drop

Wed 11/29
Drafting day & conferencing

Thurs 11/30
Drafting day & conferencing

Fri 12/1
Narrative due