• Define theme – central message or idea (what is says about life). • What messages are present in Pleasantville? What is the point? • What does the colorization represent?
THE CATCHER IN THE RYE Lesson Plans Copyright ©2010 5 Lesson #3 Persuasive Paragraph Review paragraph structure and then have students write about a major theme in Pleasantville. Paragraph Structure 1. Thesis – this is your argument presented in a single sentence (ex. The film Pleasantville shows that…). 2. Explanation and Evidence – give reasons for your argument and support them with examples from the film (ex. Pleasantville is a stifling, repressive place. This is clear when…). 3. Conclusion – restate your thesis in different words and try to provoke further thought by suggesting connections or explaining how it is important in a larger way. Paragraph Assignment Using proper structure, write a developed paragraph discussing a major theme in Pleasantville. Reading – Chapters 1 and 2 Begin reading The Catcher in the Rye. You can have your students read silently, or you can read the first two chapters aloud. Lesson #4 Questions – Chapters 1 and 2 Write the following questions on the board and have your students answer them in writing using full sentences. 1.Where is Holden while he tells his story? 2.What two reasons does Holden give for not being at the game? 3.Why is Holden being kicked out of Pencey? 4.What does Holden find depressing about Mr. Spencer? 5.Holden often uses the term ‘Phony’ to describe people and their actions. What does he mean? Discussion – “Life is a game.” Mr. Spencer tells Holden that life is a game, a game that one must play by the rules. Holden disagrees. He feels it is only a game for people on the side with all the “hotshots.” •What does Holden mean? •Does he have a good point? •Is life a game?