Fireside Chat

I will be starting a reading circle in the corner of the classroom. If you have a D+ or below OR if you scored under a 69 on our last quiz, then you are required to join me. Of course anyone is welcome!


On 2/25 or 2/26, we will have a ~30 minute graded discussion (rubric here) over The Catcher in the Rye ch. 1-3.

On 3/3 or 3/4, we will have a ~30 minute graded discussion on The Catcher in the Rye ch. 4-7 and a ~20 minute quiz on The Catcher in the Rye ch. 1-7.


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 3.

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

Discussion Questions & Skill Builder (due March 4): 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.)