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A major major major major novel.

Catch-22 is 42 chapters of black humor, chocolate-covered cotton balls, dudes fist-fighting with cats, and some of the slickest wordplay around. As we read, laugh, and get super confused, we'll think about loads of Big Questions to find out why Catch-22 is considered a Great American Novel.

Through Common Core-aligned activities, guided readings, and loads of punny one-liners, you'll

  • learn to define and recognize the elements of satire.
  • discuss the tradition of the War Novel in mid-century America and think about how Catch-22 defied and changed this tradition.
  • analyze the purpose of non-linear narration.
  • close read the allusions Joseph Heller makes to everything from T.S. Eliot to William Shakespeare.
  • craft original arguments about sanity and insanity during wartime.

Plus so much more.

And at the very least, you'll finally learn what a Catch-22 is. Only you won't.

Course Breakdown

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Unit 1. Catch-22

In fifteen short lessons, you'll go from Catch-0 to Catch-22. Context will be key as we read our way through this classic war novel.


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  • Course Length: 3 weeks
  • Grade Levels: 11, 12
  • Course Type: Short Course
  • Category:
    • English
    • Literature

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