Reflection: Joy Connecting Themes & Personal Stances: Anticipating "Catcher in the Rye" - Section 1: Introduction and Welcome: It's National Apple Pie Day

 

Overall, my students tend to fear risk, and this is becoming more noticeable as the year goes on. In order to encourage risk-taking in class, I will continue to ask questions like, "Why is National Apple Pie Day" in December; my intent is to convince students that if the can talk risk on the stuff that appears meaningless, they can take risk on the more critical, and grade-dependent-material as well. Part of the "problem," as I see it, comes from a lack of support or evidence in for their opinions, so as a few took a guess or made up a story, I pushed them to back up their points, continuously asking "why?" in a manner that went for a laugh, but also pushed the students to consider how they came to the conclusions they did. This allows students to take joy in the class, but my goal is also to push them into ownership of the material, as they make the responses "theirs."

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Connecting Themes & Personal Stances: Anticipating "Catcher in the Rye"

Unit 5: Literacy: Catching Identity, Novel Study of "The Catcher in the Rye"
Lesson 2 of 13

Objective: SWBAT determine how the main themes of "Catcher in the Rye" are shaped by outside forces by connecting them to their own beliefs.

Big Idea: As Holden explores and questions his beliefs, students establish and share their own.

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English / Language Arts, Group Communication and Discussion, Literature, Fictional Literature, anticipation guides, literature circles, collaborative learning, Catcher in the Rye
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