Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Reading Period 24: April 7-13: If a Body Catch a Body Coming Through the Rye

Salinger is no phony. OR IS HE?
Long Read: 

The Catcher in the Rye, chapters 16-20

Short Read: 

"Flight" by John Steinbeck, AIAL p. 660-673


Jack Kerouac
On the Road p 1-10

Allen Ginnsberg (Oxford Anthology of American Poetry)
A Supermarket in California
from Kaddish

Creative Assignments:

Draw two illustrations: one of Pepe before his trip to Monterey, throwing the knife into the post, and one after his trip to Monterey, escaping through the mountains carrying his rifle. Show with your pictures the transformation in Pepe between the first and the second pictures. You could use colors to show this change, use a different style of drawing, or emphasize the symbolism of the weapons -- knife and gun. To make it interesting, you could portray Pepe as one of the animals his mother called him.


Kerouac: NOT A PHONY. Or... phony?
After you've read the first chapter of On the Road, Choose someone you know and write a description of them that's in the style of Kerouac's description of Dean. You can talk about the person's attitude, work life, behaviors, how they look, who they are. Don't worry too much about grammar. Kerouac used messed up grammar to communicate, and so can you -- in this 300 words at least -- if you want.

Writing Assignments:

Write a compare/contrast essay about "Flight" by John Steinbeck and "To Build a Fire" by Jack London. In some ways, these stories are very similar. Would you call "Flight" a naturalist story? Would you call "To Build a Fire" a cruel story? How are the central characters similar and different? Write 300 words.


After reading the annotated version of On the Road, write 300 words about how this technology affects your reading experience. Is it an improvement or a distraction? Is the novel as interesting without the notes? More interesting? Do you think someone other than the author should be allowed to provide notation like this? Have you read any other works where there were annotations (Shakespeare, Beowulf, etc)? Is it similar to reading on a tablet, where words can be looked up by clicking on them? Write 300 words about this hypertextual experience. Include the meaning of the word hypertext.


Read this article about J.D. Salinger's war experience. Write 300 words about how the information in the article changes or does not change the way you read The Catcher in the Rye. Does it change your reading of the novel to know it was originally written as short stories? Does it inform your understanding in any way to know that some of it may have been typed under a table under fire from the German army?


By now you have received my comments on your outlines. For the most part, they look really great! I'm very much looking forward to reading your papers. Your due date for your rough draft is April 20 at 7pm. I will be out of town, but I'll still have email. On April 20, you'll email me a copy of your work, and also email a copy to your partner for peer review. Partners will be Sarah and Gerry, Zoe and Benny. We'll use our peer review form and you'll have a week to review your partner's rough draft and give helpful criticism. I'll remind you next week! Your paper should be about 2000 words long, but if your rough draft isn't that long, don't worry. Maybe your partner will have suggestions for where you can expand it.

Steinbeck: Totally so not phony or phony.

We have two presentations next week: Gerry and Benny. So far the scope of your projects has been very interesting! Really enjoying hearing about how you're taking literature out of the classroom. Well done!


Your quiz this week is on chapters 16-20 of The Catcher in the Rye. Please use complete sentences and give full answers. One word answers will be frowned upon with a stern frowning.

1. In chapter 16 we finally get a reference to the title. Where does the title come in?
2. Tell me something kind that Holden does in chapter 16.
3. What annoys Holden about the play he sees with Sally?
4. What does the word "phony" mean, to Holden?
5. Do you believe Holden when he says he's not screaming or Sally when she says he is?
6. What was strange about the person sitting next to Holden at the movies?
7. What does Holden think of The Great Gatsby?
8. Old Luce worries that he's about to have a "typical Caulfield conversation." What do you think a typical Caulfield conversation would be like, based on what you've heard? What is a "typical Caulfield question"?
9. What does Luce recommend that Holden do, to improve his understanding of himself?
10. What does Holden tell Sally he will do on Christmas Eve?

BONUS: Give me a link where I can read more about the fabulous Lunts.

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