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Catcher Curriculum Guide - THE UPPER SCHOOL ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

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    THE UPPER SCHOOL ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

    Curricular Guide

    for

    The Catcher in the

    Rye

    by J. D. Salinger

    Roland Park

     Country School

5204 Roland Avenue ; Baltimore, Maryland 21210

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    Table of Contents

    Map of New York City ............................................................................... 3

    Introduction to the Novel ........................................................................... 4

    Vocabulary .................................................................................................. 5

Literary Devices for The Catcher in the Rye ............................................ 7

    Class Presentations ..................................................................................... 8

    In-class Journal Activity ............................................................................ 9

    Worksheet on Intensifiers and Qualifiers .............................................. 10

    Novel Study Guide .................................................................................... 11

    Discussion Questions to Consider ........................................................... 14

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Map of New York City

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English 9 Introduction to The Catcher in the Rye!

    Mr. Rice

Background

    Information about

    J.D. Salinger (e.g.,

    family, education,

    parents’ occupation)

Discuss social and

    political climate in

    America during the 1930s and 1940s. Also consider the impact of world politics.

What do you know

    about life in New

    York City,

    especially on the

    Upper East Side

    and the Lower East

    village?

Describe Holden

    Caulfield’s

    educational profile

    so far. Why is he

    so anti-

    establishment?

What is Holden’s

    general analysis of

    people? What was

    the Anti-

    establishment

    movement?

List and reference

    the literary devices

    Salinger uses to

    present his story

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    The Catcher in the Rye Vocabulary

    WORD DEFINITION innumerable countless scrawny thin

    grippe influenza foils swords

    sadist torturer

    falsetto high voice exhibitionist show-off qualms misgivings unscrupulous unprincipled hound’s tooth checked pattern gore blood

    tiff spat (argument) pacifist peace-lover Gladstones suitcases lavish extravagant conscientious upright

    rostrum speaker’s platform incognito with concealed identity pervert abnormal person psychic spiritual putrid rotten

    verification confirmation immaterial inconsequential suave smoothly polite sterling extremely fine crocked drunk

    château large country house nonchalant casual

    clavichord type of piano bourgeois middle-class cliques exclusive groups blasé unconcerned sacrilegious against religion atheism disbeliever in God seductive alluring

    inane pointless foyer entry hall

    ostracize banish digress deviate spontaneous unplanned pedagogue teacher provocative stimulating harrowing distressed reciprocal mutual infinitely endlessly scraggy unkempt

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Literary Devices for The Catcher in the Rye

    Term Definition Examples from the novel

    This is the term given as a reference to either a ALLUSION famous literary work or figure or to a famous historical event or person.

    The way people from a particular region or group DIALECT speak that is different from everyone else is called dialect.

    Dialogue is the written conversation between DIALOGUE characters.

    A flashback is an account of something that has FLASHBACK already happened in the story. A flashback usually involves an interruption in the action of the story.

    Foreshadowing occurs when the author gives us a FORESHADOWING hint at something that is going to happen.

    A statement that is an obvious exaggeration is called HYPERBOLE hyperbole.

    Idiom refers to the peculiarities of vernacular IDIOM language. It is the use of words in such a way that the meaning is lost if the expression is translated

    literally.

    This is the use of language to create a vivid picture IMAGERY and to express a particular experience.

    Irony is a figure of speech in which the actual IRONY meaning is the opposite of the words being used.

    The atmosphere created by the writer is called MOOD mood.

    Point of view refers to the “eyes” through which POINT OF VIEW the story is told.

    In this writing technique, the writer tries to capture STREAM OF the exact flow of the character’s thoughts. CONSCIOUSNESS

    A symbol is an image that represents something SYMBOLS other than itself.

    The feeling or effect that a writer creates toward his TONE characters or his subject is tone.

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    Class Presentations for The Catcher in the Rye Directions: Create a study guide/handout based on your response to the following questions.

    INSTRUCTIONS Group A Group B Group C

     Group Members??

Assignment? PART ONE (3) PART TWO (129) PART THREE (171)

    1. Discuss the following details of

    these chapters: dialogue, imagery,

    metaphor, dramatic irony and

    allusion in particular.

    2. Discuss the different ways some

    characters have reacted to things

    in the past they would rather not

    confront. What impact has

    Holden’s choices had on various

    situations?

    3. Consider looking at the literary

    device “point of view,” especially

    first person point of view. What

    seems familiar to you? What is

    different?

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    The Catcher in the Rye

    I. Catcher Journal Trying to write in Salinger’s freelance

    style, discuss what you passionately dislike about society.

    Emulate Holden in your written response. Be in the

    moment.

    II. Today’s Goal: To make Catcher come alive. You are

    charged to make the movie.

; Scene I Holden’s childhood

    Allie Parents

    Phoebe Jane

; Scene II Sally and Holden

    Proposal Fight Date

; Scene III Maurice & Sunny Holden

    Fight Emotional Scene

; Scene IV Goodbye to Pencey

    Fencing

    Fight with Stradlater

    Ackley

    Mrs. Morrow

    Spencer

; Scene V Mr. Antolini

    His history

    The disturbing scene

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The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger

    Worksheet on Intensifiers and Qualifiers

    I. Part I: Define intensifier and qualifier. How do they help

    you understand Holden Caulfield’s state of mind?

    II. Part II: Keep a list of each intensifier and qualifier.

    Comment on each one’s significance with in the novel.

Intensifiers Page Significance Qualifiers Page Significance

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