October 18

DUE: None


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Ch. 16-19 Quiz
  2. Discuss favorite lines / questions
  3. Work on themes for the unit guide
  4. Annotate Ch. 16 and 17 Passages — Museum and Running Away (ran out of time on the second one)

HW:

  1. Read Ch. 20-23
  2. If you haven’t already, complete your annotations for both songs (“Logical Song” and “Fake Plastic Trees”).  Collected next class.
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October 16

DUE: None.


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Ch. 11-15 Quiz
  2. Discuss
  3. Written Response (collected during class — see PPT for prompt)
  4. Watch Salinger documentary

HW:

  1. Read Ch. 16-19; complete those boxes before class (instead of magically selecting the same favorite quote as everyone else–how phony)
  2. Annotate the lyrics to “The Logical Song” (on the back of the “Fake Plastic Trees” handout)

October 12

DUE: “Act Your Age” Response


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Discuss how Holden might respond to “Act Your Age”
  2. Ch. 6-10 Quiz
  3. Salinger documentary — notes on how his love life impacted his writing
  4. Group discussions
  5. Read and analyze pages 70-71
    1. Conflicting sides to Holden
  6. Hand out Annotation Guide
  7. Listen to “Fake Plastic Trees” by Radiohead
    1. Annotate the lyrics
      1. Left side: about the song
      2. Right side: connections to Holden

HW:

  1. Read Ch. 11-15

October 9

DUE: None.


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Ch. 1-5 Quiz
  2. Open discussion
  3. Salinger documentary — opening clip (add some notes about Salinger’s life)
  4. Discuss Ch. 1-5 DQ’s — Understanding Holden: Answer #1-3 in writing in your notes
  5. Watch “Act Your Age” video on YouTube

HW:

  1. College App Essay due to Turnitin.com before class tomorrow
    1. Class ID: 18926815
    2. Password: waldo
    3. Place an asterisk next to your title if you are planning to use this essay for college admission and would like feedback.
  2. Read Ch. 6-10
    1. Complete the boxes for this section before class
  3. Imagine Holden watched the first five minutes of the “Act Your Age” video from class.  In 200+ words, write a response to the video from Holden’s perspective.  This means to emulate Holden’s voice and attitude toward the instructional video and its advice.

October 4

DUE: None.


ACTIVITIES: Catcher Intro PPT

  1. Introduced Salinger and The Catcher in the Rye (see PPT.)
  2. Watch opening clip from The Dead Poets Society
    1. Discuss the setting, the pressures, and the director’s emphasis
  3. Hand out Catcher in the Rye Unit Guide
  4. Introduce unit goals (see PPT.)
    1. Preview test questions
  5. Check out books
  6. Read Ch. 1 & 2 of Catcher together

HW:

  1. Read Ch. 1-5 of The Catcher in the Rye
    1. If ever you can’t find your book, here’s an online text version: Catcher_In_The_Rye_-_J_D_Salinger.
    2. Complete the boxes for this first section of reading.

October 2

DUE: Rough Draft (checked off)


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Slam poem: “Touchscreen”
  2. Read sample essay and discuss revision advice
  3. Peer edit rough drafts
  4. Work time

HW:

  1. Final draft due Wednesday, October 10th to Turnitin.com

September 28

DUE:

  1. Narrative/Descriptive Worksheet

ACTIVITIES:

  1. Slam poem: “S Is for Lisp”
  2. Discuss objective / subjective paragraphs
  3. Admissions Officer Activity
    1. Read the sample essays
    2. Discuss and debate the merits of each

HW:

  1. Rough draft for college app essay due next class.  Bring two printed copies to class!
    1. Double spaced, please.
    2. Also, have access to a digital file in case we have time to begin revising in class.