A study in brand minimalism
CAN WE JUST SWITCH TO ALL OF THESE PLEASE
In which John Green examines JD Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye. John pulls out the old school literary criticism by examining the text itself rather than paying attention to the biographical or historical context of the novel (that’s for next week). Listen, words matter. The Catcher in the Rye has managed to endure without a movie adaptation because a lot of its quality arises from the book’s language. Find out how Holden’s voice, his language, and his narrative technique combine to make the novel work. Also, Thought Bubble gives us a quick rundown of the plot, in which Ikea Monkey may or may not appear.
Let us now begin to discuss J. D. Salinger’s great novel.
[Discussion will come later.]
Honestly my English teacher is pretty hilarious. I really like the idea of this assignment!
The Catcher in the Rye Scrapbook
For the first fifty-two pages of J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, create a scrapbook (or a blog or tumblr—whatever you want to call the project) that includes the following:
- a journal of your thoughts on and reactions to the novel
- questions on the novel, both discussion questions and specific questions on the text
- important or interesting or confusing quotations from the novel
- vocabulary, including definitions and parts of speech
- a character list including the personality and appearance of each important character
- a brief plot summary
- a description of the settings
- images or video or music or some sort of multimedia that relates to the novel; be sure to explain the connection
Your scrapbook should have 3 entries that include all—or most—of the above items.
The goal is to give you a chance to reflect and think about the novel. (The book is probably more difficult to understand than it appears.)
I do not wish to turn reading into a huge chore, so create the scrapbook in class! You can work in groups, but I need a scrapbook from everyone. At home, read and enjoy the book.
Feel free to bring computers and Chromebooks to class.
The first scrapbook entry needs to be sent to me Wednesday, 2/27/13.
The second entry must be sent by Friday, 3/1/13.
The third entry is due Monday, 3/4/13, when I return!
We’ll be sharing them when I get back.
I will miss you and cry everyday that I am not in your presence, assuming my pain medication allows for such behavior.
We shall miss you muchly, and we, too, cry everyday you are absent, Mr. Hanley.