Teacher Guide

The Catcher in the Rye Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    Develop a thorough understanding of the historical context in which The Catcher in the Rye was written and how the novel relates to social and political concepts in American culture;

  2. 2

    Read and analyze Salinger's writing closely, paying particular attention to his diction and how it establishes Holden Caulfield's unique voice;

  3. 3

    Analyze and discuss, both individually and as a class, the important and common themes in the novel;

  4. 4

    Speak and write insightfully about the ideas contained in the novel, including what the students' own...

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