If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:
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;
Read and analyze Salinger's writing closely, paying particular attention to his diction and how it establishes Holden Caulfield's unique voice;
Analyze and discuss, both individually and as a class, the important and common themes in the novel;
Speak and write insightfully about the ideas contained in the novel, including what the students' own...