Reading Schedule

There will be frequent unannounced reading quizzes throughout this unit, so make sure to keep up with the reading. For each of the days listed below, the assigned reading is due. *For example, if Monday is listed, then the reading to the right is due for class on Monday.catcher_in_the_rye_edit_shout_out_t_533150858.jpg

Wednesday, May 13
Friday, May 15
Monday, May 18
Wednesday, May 20
Friday, May 22
Wednesday, May 27
Thursday, May 28
Friday, May 29
Monday, June 1
Tuesday, June 2
Wednesday, June 3
Thursday, June
Friday, June 5

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

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The Catcher in the Rye is told from the main character, Holden Caulfield’s, point of view. Holden has a very distinct voice. How would you describe the voice and tone of him????

Let’s discuss the theme of isolation. What does it mean to truly be “isolated?” How is this shown in the novel?

We will also begin to focus on what it means to be a phony. Several characters in the first six chapters are introduced. What does Holden think of them? Does he think they are phony? Is Holden phony himself?

What is the significance of Holden’s feelings for Jane Gallagher, the effect Allie’s death has had on him, his hunting cap, the ducks in Central Park, whatever else class would like to talk about.

Compare North Salem to Pencey. How are they similar and different?

Archetype: ideal form/ prototype
Hubris: excessive pride
Eccentricity: unconventional behavior
Affinity: a spontaneous feeling of closeness
Cerebral: Related to the intellect
Monotonous: dull/ boring

journal prompts........
The thing was, I couldn’t think of a room or a house or anything to describe the wayglove.jpg Stradlater said he had to have. I’m not too crazy about describing rooms and houses anyway. So what I did, I wrote about my brother Allie’s baseball mitt. It was a very descriptive subject. It really was. My brother Allie had this left-handed fielder’s mitt. He was left-handed. The thing that was descriptive about it, though, was that he had poems written all over the fingers and the picket and everywhere. In green ink. He wrote them on it so that he’d have something to read when he as in the field and nobody was up at bat. He’s dead now.
What does Allie’s mitt symbolize?

“I don’t care what you say about me or anything, but if you start making cracks about my goddam religion, for Chrissake-“
  • Where is the hypocrisy in this statement?
  • Can you relate this hypocrisy to society? To your own personal lives?

The six-year-old Holden encounters is singing a song that signifies a connection to the title, “If a body catch a body coming through the rye” (115) Holden goes into detail about the parents not paying attention to the kid. Three pages later, he helps a little girl with her skate key. What does the imagery (auditory, visual and kinesthetic) point to? If characters don’t represent people, but concepts, what is the concept these two children represent? Explain.

Pick a passage from the text and try to make a personal connection to it or Catcher as a whole. Follow these guidelines:

  1. When you have found such a passage, write the first three words and the last three words, with an ellipsis to show where text is missing. Put the quoted text in quotation marks. Indicate the page number. (For example: “This room was…than his face.” (67) A passage may be a sentence, a few sentences out of a paragraph, or an entire paragraph.
  2. After copying the passage, respond to it in a paragraph of approximately 500 words.
  3. The following questions may help you in your response, or you can write about other thoughts inspired by the passage.
  • What does the passage reveal about the character?
  • What made you choose this passage?
  • How does the passage make you feel? Is there something funny about it or something that makes you angry?
  • Did the characters in the passage handle the situation in an appropriate and effective way? Why or why not?
  • Have you ever had an experience that is similar to what happened in the passage?
  • Is there any lesson or thought in the passage that is applicable in everyday life? What moral question(s) is/are raised in or by the passage?

How does Holden feel when he arrives at the Museum of Natural History?

“Mr. Antolini”
Discussion: The scene where Holden goes to stay with Mr. Antolini is one of great controversy.

  • Does anyone have any questions are comments about that scene?
What are your thoughts on it?

  • What does Mr. Antolini want to point out by telling Holden the following Skekel quote?

“The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one” (188).

  • What does Mr. Antolini recognize in Holden and what does he fear values?


Allie's Mitt: For Holden this is a memory of Allie, this is emotionally therapeutic (to write about his bro)…these are the memories he is holding onto.

Ducks: Holden searching for himself, for purpose…for where he fits in…for answers to life????

Chess: “does she still keep her kings in the back row?”

Hunting Hat: Security; new identity (takes inhibition away); attention seeking….

Here's a great study tool to refresh:
John Greene examines "Catcher."

Choose from one of the following prompts and respond in 300 words, uholden_caulfield_quote_jd_salinger_catcher_in_the_rye_1.jpgsing details from both Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye and Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower:

1. What similarities and/or differences do we see in The Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower?

2. “And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”
What does this mean to you? Can you describe this feeling? Support how this is shown, or not shown in
The Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.