Next Tuesday, we will have a ~40 minute graded discussion (rubric here) and a ~20 minute quiz over the material in The Catcher in the Rye from ch. 1 – end of 7. The quiz will be designed to fail anyone who reads SparkNotes instead of the book.


The Catcher in the Rye

Instructional Materials:

  1. Hyperbole
  2. Sarcasm
  3. Unreliable narrator
    • Caufield is considered by some to be one of the most unreliable narrators in literature. “J. D. Salinger’s cynical teenage narrator openly admits he’s “the most terrific liar you ever saw” at the start of the story. His opinions about the world seem skewed by adolescent angst (he’s a precocious protagonist with an immature streak), but Salinger makes us question Caulfield’s stability at the end of the story.”

Reading: TCITR chapters 1 – end of 7.

Download the ePUB and open with Google Play Books. Ask me for help if necessary.

Discussion Questions & Skill Builder: Chapters 1-7 questions

  1. Answer skill builder questions in 2-3 sentences on paper and turn in on Friday.
  2. Prepare quotations and ideas for the Friday’s discussion. (Your discussion contribution will be graded, but I will not collect your preparation.)
College Essay Brainstorm

You’ll meet with me for 15 minutes to discuss your college essay brainstorm. See your scheduled meeting time below—meet at my desk.


Backwards plan: How many chapters do you need to read each day to be prepared for Friday’s assessment?

Study groups: Feel free to discuss chapters or read through the book in groups. Mr. S will always join your group if you request.

Take notes: Jot down ideas and quotations as you read the book. This will serve as your preparation for Friday’s graded discussion.

Skill builder: People do this one of two ways. Some students answer questions as they go. Others save it for the end, using the skill builder to review the material.


The Catcher in the Rye is considered one of the greatest, perhaps the greatest, “coming of age novel” of all time. It’s a hallmark of the American high school curriculum, and for good reason: it’s about the high school experience from the eyes of a dissatisfied teenager. Through TCITR, we’ll explore some powerful literary techniques (explained in the instructional materials above.)

Fireside Chat

CP 1-2 Name Day Time
Angel Cole Tuesday 8:00-8:15
Tyjah Cooper Tuesday 8:15-8:30
Anbreona Davis Tuesday 8:30-8:45
Anteona Davis Tuesday 8:45-9:00
Odell Foxwell Tuesday 9:00-9:15
David Friend Tuesday 9:15-9:30
Tonay Higgins Wednesday 8:00-8:15
Shaquina Johnson Wednesday 8:15-8:30
Mya McClain Wednesday 8:30-8:45
Barbara Sharp Wednesday 8:45-9:00
Antonio Stith Wednesday 9:00-9:15
Chloe Stith Wednesday 9:15-9:30
Louis Stith Thursday 8:00-8:15
Kendall Tramble Thursday 8:15-8:30
Rashaun Allen Thursday 8:30-8:45
Kelly Warren Thursday 8:45-9:00
CP 7-8 Nykayla Sampson Monday 1:50-2:05
Ann’Drea Jackson Monday 2:05-2:20
Kelsie Stith Monday 2:20-2:35
Timberly Long Monday 2:35-2:50
Alyssa Waldon Tuesday 1:25-1:40
Taylor Manning Tuesday 1:40-1:55
Jalynn McCary Tuesday 1:55-2:10
Noah Parker Tuesday 2:10-2:25
Erin Williams Tuesday 2:25-2:40
Destini Clinkscale Wednesday 1:25-1:40
Kasie Stith Wednesday 1:40-1:55
Latrell Jones Wednesday 1:55-2:10 
Ghais Taylor Wednesday 2:10-2:25
Devon Townsen Wednesday 2:25-2:40
Jalen Carrawell Thursday 1:25-1:40
Corey Walton Thursday 1:40-1:55
Alyssa Reynolds Thursday 1:55-2:10