It appears that some folks at The New York Times have gotten a hold of Jerome Burg’s Google Lit Trips concept and applied it to create an interactive map based on The Catcher in the Rye. Walking in Holden’s Footsteps is based on Holden Caulfield’s travels around Manhattan. The map contains twenty points. Click on any of the points to read an excerpt from The Catcher in the Rye that references that point on the map of Manhattan.
Hat tip to Open Culture for the link.
Applications for Education
As mentioned above, Walking in Holden’s Footsteps uses the same concept as Google Lit Trips in that it gives geographic context to the events in a story. Creating interactive maps of storylines is a new twist on the book report concept. Maps made using Google Earth or Google Maps can include video clips, images, and text based on the books students read.