Reading Schedule for Catcher in the Rye:

“If you really want to know about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you really want to know the truth.”  So states Holden Caulfield, the narrator of Catcher in the Rye.  Holden is a disillusioned teenager trying to make sense of the world, his family, his life, and most importantly, his own self. 


 The Catcher in the Rye is one of the most talked about books in American writing.  The book has been banned in various schools districts at various times ever since it was published in 1945.  The portrayal of Holden’s teen angst stands as one of the most eloquent and moving portraits of a person falling apart.  Quite likely, the book has been banned for language and content.  But more importantly, the book has probably been banned because it is so realistic, and people often have a difficult time reading abut another person’s dilemmas, especially when that person is as young as Holden.


The book is almost an American legend.  No other book, most say, captures what The Catcher in the Rye captures.  Holden’s name is as common as any other REAL, famous character.  John Lennon’s killer reported that he read The Catcher in the Rye hundreds of times; Lennon was assassinated in a park  in which Holden spends some time.  The book, whether readers like it or hate it, has captivated American imaginations like no other book.


Reading Schedule:


Read by:               Chap.                            

1/7                       1-3

1/11                     4-7

1/13                     8-12

1/15                     13-14

1/20                     15-23

1/22                     Done with book-vocab personifications due!



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Vocabulary Assignment:

You will create a personification for each of these vocabulary words.


·         You must pretend that the word is a person and describe the type of person that word would be.  Use the six methods of characterization:  appearance, actions, speech, inner thoughts, and feelings, and what others say.

·         Each description must be no shorter than 40 words.

Remember the meaning of your word should be evident in the passage. 

·         Be sure to underline your vocabulary word.


**You will be graded on the quality of the writing, spelling and usage of the vocabulary word.  These should be creative, fun pieces of writing that actually help you to remember the definition of the world




Friday. January 22


1).  Affected: adj. pretending to possess certain characteristics

2).  Ostentatious: adj. showy, pretentious

3).  Disingenuous: adj. lacking in frankness and candor; insincere

4).  Pedantic: adj. displaying an excessive or tedious book learning style

5).  Mendacious: adj. false, untrue; lying or untruthful

6).  Pretentious: adj. making an exaggerated show of importance

7). Meretricious: adj. alluring by a show of false attractions

8). Specious: adj. apparently good and right, yet in truth without merit

9). Inane: adj.   lacking in sense or substance, empty

10).  Skepticism: n. doubt, disbelief, uncertainty

11).  Heretic: n.  person who dissents from an accepted doctrine or belief, non-conformist

12). Yearn: v. experience a strong desire or craving; to long for, to crave

13). Genteel: adj.  appropriate to the manners of the gentry (upper class)

14). Impetuous: adj. impulsive; acting with sudden or violent energy and little thought

15). Tantalize: v. torment by the sight, show, or promise of a desired thing; kept just beyond one’s reach.