A coming-of-age novel that is one of the most
frequently taught books in schools, and one of
the most frequently banned bo...
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Journal #7: Growing Pains
 As we all know,
growing up is hard to
do.
 Identify at least 10
challenges that we all
face...
 Holden Caulfield, the main character, narrates the book.
 The book takes place mainly in New York City, in the
post-WW...
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Why is it so controversial?
SEXUALITY
UNDERAGE DRINKING
PROSTITUTION
CROSS-DRESSING
HOMOPHOBIA
VIOLENCE
FIGHTING CHAIN S...
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 Most of these topics are not described explicitly, but are
mentioned in the novel in context.
 The language is mature...
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What does “the loss of innocence”
mean to you?
Can you think of any examples of
innocence being lost?
What does it mea...

Is it inevitable that we conform to the world and
society around us?
Is it possible to grow up without becoming a
phon...
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  1. 1. A coming-of-age novel that is one of the most frequently taught books in schools, and one of the most frequently banned books in schools.
  2. 2.  Journal #7: Growing Pains  As we all know, growing up is hard to do.  Identify at least 10 challenges that we all face when making the transition from childhood to adulthood.  As adolescents yourselves, you should have no problem identifying these challenges!  Choose 2 challenges that you listed and explain, in some detail, how these challenges have played a part in your own life.  How do you deal with the “pains” of growing up?  What is the hardest part about being an adolescent?
  3. 3.  Holden Caulfield, the main character, narrates the book.  The book takes place mainly in New York City, in the post-WWII era.  He is an unreliable narrator –meaning we see all from his perspective, which isn’t necessarily the right perspective, or the way we would see things on our own.  He whines, complains, and has very strong opinions, and he calls people “phonies”…a LOT.  However, he is an adolescent with issues that we can all identify with.  You may find him annoying, and you probably won’t agree with everything that he does, however, we are going to try to understand Holden as best we can. What should I expect?
  4. 4.  Why is it so controversial? SEXUALITY UNDERAGE DRINKING PROSTITUTION CROSS-DRESSING HOMOPHOBIA VIOLENCE FIGHTING CHAIN SMOKING VULGARITY FOUL LANGUAGE COMPULSIVE LYING MENTAL ILLNESS DEATH DEPRESSION
  5. 5.   Most of these topics are not described explicitly, but are mentioned in the novel in context.  The language is mature, but not anything you wouldn’t hear day-to-day in a typical high school.  We have to be aware that these issues are issues we must all deal with, and be mature about.  Some of Holden’s habits, like chain smoking, may seem a bit extreme, which they are– but consider that this was a different time period, and certain things were deemed more socially acceptable.  Holden Caulfield has problems dealing with growing up and the “phoniness” of the adult world.  He much prefers children to adults, because he appreciates their innocence and purity.  The loss of innocence is a major topic in this novel. The big picture…
  6. 6.  What does “the loss of innocence” mean to you? Can you think of any examples of innocence being lost? What does it mean to you?
  7. 7.  Is it inevitable that we conform to the world and society around us? Is it possible to grow up without becoming a phony? Can a person grow up and maintain his/her innocence? The Essential Questions: The Search for Identity

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