Fun Catcher In The Rye Assignments Synonyms

J. D. Salinger
Lesson plans for The Catcher in the Rye

J. D. Salinger
Biography and related links from the author's Wikipedia page.

J. D. Salinger, the Early Years
This collection includes biographical videos, a background essay, discussion questions, and activities.

Text to Text | The Catcher in the Rye and "The Case for Delayed Adulthood"
Close reading passages from the novel paired with nonfiction texts from the New York Times. Includes printable activity sheets.

The Catcher in the Rye
A thorough unit plan including vocabulary list and activities for each chapter, comprehension questions for each chapter, sample vocabulary quizzes, constructed response questions and samples, and essay topics. This 16-page document requires MS-Word or compatible application for access.

The Catcher in the Rye
Summary, analysis, vocabulary, and related videos from the VLOG brothers.

The Catcher in the Rye
A variety of reading strategies to use with the novel, including an anticipation guide and guided imagery.

The Catcher in the Rye Student Resources
Study guide questions, notes on word usage and Holden as a Christ figure, and related resources.

The Catcher in the Rye Unit Plan
This 30-page document contains a 4-6 week unit plan rich with activities and writing.

Cartoon summary of Salinger's Catcher In the Rye :
Cartoon 1 and Cartoon 2

Language, Voice and Holden Caulfield: The Catcher in the Rye Part 1 (10:52) and Holden, JD, and the Red Cap — The Catcher in the Rye Part 2 (8:21)
Author John Green discusses the novel in a manner designed to engage both students and teachers.

Salinger and the Vocabulary of the Vernacular
Students consider how use of the vernacular was a distinctive element of The Catcher in the Rye and how some of the words and expressions Salinger used have been incorporated into mainstream English, and how others have not. Students will use Visual Thesaurus word maps as a model for creating their own semantic displays to map the meanings of some of Holden Caulfield's words and expressions.

Suggestions for Pairing Contemporary Music and Canonical Literature
A list of songs that were inspired by reading literature. Organized by the last name of the author (e.g. Chinua Achebe, William Butler Yeats), the list includes song title, performer, year of release, and more. The list includes 9 songs inspired by The Catcher in the Rye .

Vocabulary from The Catcher in the Rye
A list of 72 words presented in context. Click on the word for its definition and synonyms.



  • hemorrhage

    the flow of blood from a ruptured blood vessel

    In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them.

  • splendid

    very good; of the highest quality

    And underneath the guy on the horse's picture, it always says: "Since 1888 we have been molding boys into splendid, clear-thinking young men."

  • commit

    perform an act, usually with a negative connotation

    It was the last game of the year, and you were supposed to commit suicide or something if old Pencey didn't win.

  • scrawny

    inferior in size or quality

    You couldn't see the grandstand too hot, but you could hear them all yelling, deep and terrific on the Pencey side, because practically the whole school except me was there, and scrawny and faggy on the Saxon Hall side, because the visiting team hardly ever brought many people with them.

  • phony

    fraudulent; having a misleading appearance

    She probably knew what a phony slob he was.

  • ostracize

    expel from a community or group

    The whole team ostracized me the whole way back on the train.

  • academic

    associated with an educational institution

    It has a very good academic rating, Pencey.

  • posture

    the arrangement of the body and its limbs

    I mean he was all stooped over, and he had very terrible posture, and in class, whenever he dropped a piece of chalk at the blackboard, some guy in the first row always had to get up and pick it up and hand it to him.

  • chuckle

    laugh quietly or with restraint

    He started chuckling like a madman.

  • irritated

    aroused to impatience or anger

    "Well. . . they'll be pretty irritated about it," I said.

  • privilege

    a special advantage or benefit not enjoyed by all

    Then he said, "I had the privilege of meeting your mother and dad when they had their little chat with Dr. Thurmer some weeks ago.

  • sarcastic

    expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds

    "You glanced through it, eh?" he said--very sarcastic.

  • alternative

    one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen

    It was a very dirty trick, but I went over and brought it over to him--I didn't have any alternative or anything.

  • reside

    live in

    The Egyptians were an ancient race of Caucasians residing in one of the northern sections of Africa.

  • latter

    referring to the second of two things or persons mentioned

    The latter as we all know is the largest continent in the Eastern Hemisphere.

  • innumerable

    too many to be counted

    Modern science would still like to know what the secret ingredients were that the Egyptians used when they wrapped up dead people so that their faces would not rot for innumerable centuries.

  • lagoon

    a body of water cut off from a larger body by a reef

    I live in New York, and I was thinking about the lagoon in Central Park, down near Central Park South.

  • qualm

    uneasiness about the fitness of an action

    "Do you have any particular qualms about leaving Pencey?"

  • sheer

    complete and without restriction or qualification

    So when I told old Spencer I had to go to the gym and get my equipment and stuff, that was a sheer lie.

  • undertaking

    the trade of a funeral director

    He made a pot of dough in the undertaking business after he got out of Pencey.

  • swell

    very good

    He was telling us all about what a swell guy he was, what a hot-shot and all, then all of a sudden this guy sitting in the row in front of me, Edgar Marsalla, laid this terrific fart.

  • crude

    conspicuously and tastelessly indecent

    It was a very crude thing to do, in chapel and all, but it was also quite amusing.

  • rostrum

    a platform raised above the surrounding level

    Hardly anybody laughed out loud, and old Ossenburger made out like he didn't even hear it, but old Thurmer, the headmaster, was sitting right next to him on the rostrum and all, and you could tell he heard it.

  • compulsory

    required by rule

    He didn't say anything then, but the next night he made us have compulsory study hall in the academic building and he came up and made a speech.

  • illiterate

    lacking culture, especially in language and writing

    I'm quite illiterate, but I read a lot.

  • peculiar

    markedly different from the usual

    He was a very peculiar guy.

  • hoarse

    deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness

    "I think I'm going blind," I said in this very hoarse voice.

  • grope

    feel about uncertainly or blindly

    I started groping around in front of me, like a blind guy, but without getting up or anything.

  • sadistic

    deriving pleasure from inflicting pain on another

    I was pretty sadistic with him quite often.

  • falsetto

    artificially high; above the normal voice range

    He started laughing in this very high falsetto voice.

  • conceited

    having an exaggerated sense of self-importance

    He's a conceited sonuvabitch."

  • aggravate

    exasperate or irritate

    Boy, he could really be aggravating sometimes.

  • broad

    having great extent from one side to the other

    He had these very broad shoulders.

  • torso

    the body excluding the head and neck and limbs

    He always walked around in his bare torso because he thought he had a damn good build.

  • flatter

    praise somewhat dishonestly

    He was only flattering me, though, because right away he said, "Listen.

  • liberate

    grant freedom to; free from confinement

    " Liberate yourself from my viselike grip."

  • rile

    disturb, especially by minor irritations

    You couldn't rile him too easily.

  • fiend

    a person motivated by irrational enthusiasm

    Old Brossard was a bridge fiend, and he started looking around the dorm for a game.

  • monotonous

    sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch

    He started talking in this very monotonous voice, and picking at all his pimples.

  • halitosis

    offensive breath

    Sinus trouble, pimples, lousy teeth, halitosis, crumby fingernails.

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