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I am reading Catcher in the Rye with my senior English group and am having trouble...

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jenkhart | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 26, 2008 at 4:04 PM via web

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I am reading Catcher in the Rye with my senior English group and am having trouble motivating them. Any suggestions?

I am reading Catcher in the Rye with my senior English group and am having trouble motivating them. Any suggestions?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 26, 2008 at 5:23 PM (Answer #2)

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Have them keep a reading journal about the issues Holden brings up.  Why is he upset and angry?  What issues similar to these have they ever experienced?  The best way to motivate kids about anything is to relate to their own lives somehow...get them talking and relating to the characters.  This is a great novel...good luck!

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allyson | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted February 27, 2008 at 6:54 AM (Answer #3)

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I told my students that if nothing else, knowing Catcher is important for social literacy and I assigned a scavenger hunt in which they had to find references to elements from the novel in daily life. It was so interesting because they found some great stuff: contant allusions to Holden in The Gilmore Girls, a song by Green Day is based on the novel, and a cartoon included Allie's baseball glove in an episode. They were most intrigued by the fact that John Lennon's assassin was obsessed with Holden. All of these references helped them understand the character better and how people connect with him. Worth a try!

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jeff-hauge | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted February 28, 2008 at 8:46 AM (Answer #4)

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This book above all others displays the adolescent ability to see through the games the adults around them play. Your students, no doubt, can see right through people around them... Salinger understood them.

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lizbv | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted August 14, 2008 at 9:26 PM (Answer #5)

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I once also had a group of umotivated students working with "The Catcher in the Rye".  One project which they really enjoyed was the creation of "Bio-Maps".  They were first asked to draw Holden true to description on a large poster board. Then, they had to include on the poster images to represent literally what was on his mind, but then figuratively explain what was on his mind.  Same for what he had to say, what he saw, what he was holding onto (i.e., the record for Phoebe, representing how he wanted to give her childhood innocence forever), where he was walking to, etc.  They really enjoyed it, and it got them thinking critically about the text and involving themselves with it!

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samjane1992 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 19, 2008 at 9:09 PM (Answer #6)

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I am reading Catcher in the Rye with my senior English group and am having trouble motivating them. Any suggestions?

I am reading Catcher in the Rye with my senior English group and am having trouble motivating them. Any suggestions?

buy cany and tell them that they can get a peace if they read a paragraph that works with my teachers 

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samjane1992 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 19, 2008 at 9:09 PM (Answer #7)

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I am reading Catcher in the Rye with my senior English group and am having trouble motivating them. Any suggestions?

I am reading Catcher in the Rye with my senior English group and am having trouble motivating them. Any suggestions?

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flowerfro | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 21, 2009 at 8:33 AM (Answer #8)

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I am reading Catcher in the Rye with my senior English group and am having trouble motivating them. Any suggestions?

I am reading Catcher in the Rye with my senior English group and am having trouble motivating them. Any suggestions?

To generate interest in the book, I try to relate the themes in the book to the lives of my students. To continue interest and break the monotony of reading the book, I have my students complete projects that will help develop their understanding of the book. For instance, I usually have the students create a brochure on the author. I also have them create timelines, posters, and flyers that usually deal with the themes. I usually end with an essay that takes componets from what  they learned in the novel and the projects.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted July 15, 2010 at 10:54 AM (Answer #9)

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You might try letting future students choose options they want to be involved in and show understanding of the novel. Understanding character for example. Let them select 5 objects that Holden would have in his closet, and then they could write a paragraph explaining how the object represents Holden and why he would have such an object.

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