The Catcher in the Rye and First-Person Narrative

Testimonials for The Catcher in the Rye demonstrate the power of J.D. Salinger's story of a young man who wants to protect innocent children from the phonies in the adult world. Part of the Great American Read series, speakers urge viewers to read the novel and vote to include it in the program.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Ask class members to craft a letter or a short video advocating for the inclusion of their favorite book in the Great American Read program
  • As an alternative, individuals might draft a first-person narrative in which they adopt Holden's voice to comment of some aspect of society
Classroom Considerations
  • The persuasive video contains no spoilers; therefore, it would serve well to generate interest in reading the novel
Pros
  • The speakers share why Holden's alienation captured them so completely
Cons
  • None