Week 10 beginning Monday 22nd October


This is week 10 so we need to start making a move and getting through some work. This is the plan for this week.


Monday  22nd


Since finishing the novel on the last day of term, I want to spend a little bit of time retrieving some information for your notes. We’ll do this over the next few weeks but here are the questions for this week. They will be given as homework for Friday but you can start them today and work on them after school on Wednesday if you like.


TASK A: Chapters 1-4


1.    Write down the information about Holden’s family background given in these chapters.


2.    Establish the narrative style employed by Salinger and pick out some of its recurring features.


3.    At the start of Chapter One, Holden has reached the end of his physical (geographical) journey and his emotional/ psychological journey. Where is he? What kind of emotional and physical state is he in?


4.    Several ‘symbols’ are introduced in these opening chapters – the hunting hat, the ducks, Thomson Hill. Explain each one.




Tuesday 23rd


During the last week, we completed the first NAB in Close Reading. Today I want to spend time analysing the good and  the bad of what happened.  I will go over each of the questions, explaining lay out of questions and how marks were won and lost.


In the second period we will also begin the first poem of the year. It is called Originally and was written by Carol Ann Duffy. We will spend some time getting to know the poem and trying to understand exactly what it is about.


And think about this question; What is your earliest memory?


Wednesday 24th

There will be a short note on imagery to add to your Language notes and a reminder of what an Oxymoron is. This will be linked to Originally which we will spend time analysing after looking at some Oxymoron examples.


After school we will spend time thinking about the Salinger questions from 3.15 until 4.



Thursday 25th

Today we will be reading the newspaper. It is crucial that you see English as a skill which affects every area of your life.


In pairs you will be given a copy of today’s paper. Each pair should read through the paper finding one example (at least) of each aspect of imagery we have learned.



Friday 26th

To finish up the week, we will discuss the questions you had for homework. Note-taking will be essential today.


I will also return your Critical Essays with some advice for future work. This will be due on 5th November.




November 2nd Draft 2 of Discursive Writing

November 5th Salinger Critical essay on the opening chapter.