The purpose of this activity is to apply the concept of diction to the novel The Catcher in the Rye.
Explain to students that Holden has a very interesting manner of speaking. This is called diction. Diction is the style of manner in which someone speaks.
Identify four quotes that you feel are good examples of Holden's diction and write them down below.
Now, rewrite these quotes using one the following patterns in speech. Be sure to identify which one you are using.
the Queen of England
the way you and your friends speak
a hip-hop artist
Draw a conclusion about diction. Ask students to complete exit cards that answer the following questions: What do we learn about a character through understanding diction? How does an author use diction to create a complex character?