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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
fraudulent; having a misleading appearance
She probably knew what a phony slob he was.
expel from a community or group
The whole team ostracized me the whole way back on the train.
associated with an educational institution
It has a very good academic rating, Pencey.
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.
laugh quietly or with restraint
He started chuckling like a madman.
aroused to impatience or anger
"Well. . . they'll be pretty irritated about it," I said.
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.
expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds
"You glanced through it, eh?" he said--very sarcastic.
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.
The Egyptians were an ancient race of Caucasians residing in one of the northern sections of Africa.
referring to the second of two things or persons mentioned
The latter as we all know is the largest continent in the Eastern Hemisphere.
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.
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.
uneasiness about the fitness of an action
"Do you have any particular qualms about leaving Pencey?"
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.
the trade of a funeral director
He made a pot of dough in the undertaking business after he got out of Pencey.
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.
conspicuously and tastelessly indecent
It was a very crude thing to do, in chapel and all, but it was also quite amusing.
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.
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.
lacking culture, especially in language and writing
I'm quite illiterate, but I read a lot.
markedly different from the usual
He was a very peculiar guy.
deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness
"I think I'm going blind," I said in this very hoarse voice.
feel about uncertainly or blindly
I started groping around in front of me, like a blind guy, but without getting up or anything.
deriving pleasure from inflicting pain on another
I was pretty sadistic with him quite often.
artificially high; above the normal voice range
He started laughing in this very high falsetto voice.
having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
He's a conceited sonuvabitch."
exasperate or irritate
Boy, he could really be aggravating sometimes.
having great extent from one side to the other
He had these very broad shoulders.
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.
praise somewhat dishonestly
He was only flattering me, though, because right away he said, "Listen.
grant freedom to; free from confinement
" Liberate yourself from my viselike grip."
disturb, especially by minor irritations
You couldn't rile him too easily.
a person motivated by irrational enthusiasm
Old Brossard was a bridge fiend, and he started looking around the dorm for a game.
sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch
He started talking in this very monotonous voice, and picking at all his pimples.
Sinus trouble, pimples, lousy teeth, halitosis, crumby fingernails.