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Activity Overview


As students read, a storyboard can serve as a helpful character reference log. This log (also called a character map) allows students to recall relevant information about important characters. When reading a novel, small attributes and details frequently become important as the plot progresses. With character mapping, students will record this information, helping them follow along and catch the subtleties which make reading more enjoyable!

Use a character map to help track the different characters that are discussed in The Catcher in the Rye. Because this novel is very much a stream-of-consciousness narrative, have students include characters’ traits, how Holden feels about them/reacts to them, and a quote for support!

Holden Caulfield:

  • Traits: 16 years old; flunks out of 4th prep school; seems depressed; thinks everyone around him is a phony; wears a red hunting hat; only happy around innocence of children
  • How Holden feels about himself: Holden is often depressed and feels lousy. He is always looking for others to blame, but sometimes, his own insecurity can’t be blamed on anyone else. He is afraid of change.
  • Quote: “Certain things should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone.”

Other characters included in this map are: Stradlater, Phoebe, Allie, Jane Gallagher, Sally Hayes, Mr. Antolini

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-12

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Character Map

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/3] Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/6] Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/6] Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a character map for the major characters.


  1. Identify the major characters in The Catcher in the Rye and type their names into the different title boxes.
  2. Choose a character to represent each of the literary characters.
    • Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
  3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  4. Fill in the Textables for Traits, How Holden Feels about Him/Her, and Quote.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.


Rubric

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Character Map Template
Create a character map of the characters in the story. Put the character's name in the title boxes and choose a character and scene to represent each one. As you read, take notes on the characters by answering the questions.
Proficient
33 Points
Emerging
25 Points
Beginning
17 Points
Character Picture & Scene
The characters and scenes are both appropriate for the book's characters.
Many of the characters and scenes match the book's characters.
More than half of the characters and scenes do not match the characters in the book.
Accuracy of Notes
Most of the information of the notes is correct.
Many of the notes have correct information, but some are incorrect or missing.
Less than half of the information of the notes is correct and relevant.
Effort
Work is complete, thorough, and neat.
Most of the sections of the character map were at least attempted and work is presentable.
Character map is unfinished and/or disorganized.




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