Week 11 Beginning 29th October

It might be an idea to start re-reading ‘The Catcher in the Rye’, perhaps a chapter every second night. Now that we have finished the book, you might see other, more importnat things as you read it again. Try it.

Monday 29th

After completing the tasks on The Catcher in the Rye on Friday, it will be interesting to see how Holden develops in the next few chapters. These will be the questions to look at this week, from chapters 5 to 12.

Holden longs to be able to ‘catch’ the innocent before they become what he thinks of as ‘phoney’, corrupt adults. Explain how Jane features in this.

 Holden is a liar. List some of the whoppers he tells in these chapters. He also expresses a death wish (p.42). Suggest what might make him consider suicide. What alternative escape route does he contemplate?

 In these chapters, Holden behaves like the phonies he detests on several occasions. How?

 How correct is Mrs Hayes in her estimation of Holden? (p.53) Give some

          evidence to support each of her allegations.

 Holden attempts a degree of what he considers sophisticated adult behaviour:

          make a list of examples.

I’ll give you a week to work on these.

In class we will analysing the first stanza of ‘Originally’ and discussing word choice, sentence structure and imagery.

Tuesday 30th

In the lead up to the second Critical Essay, we will be analysing the same things as yesterday in Stanza Two of ‘Originally’. What do you think ‘All Childhood is an emigration’ really means’?

In period two, we will collect all of the Figures of Speech that we know and create a revision resource which will be of use for the whole year. Pun, Simile, Metaphor, Alliteration, Personification, Onomatopoeia, Oxymoron, Hyperbole, Understatement, Euphemism. We will finish the lesson with definitions and examples.

Wednesday 31st

We will finish our analysis of Originally by analysing Stanza Three. Notice how the tone of the poem changes along with the events.

After school today we will spend some time discussing the opening paragraph of a Critical Essay. Any critical essay.

Thursday 1st

The importance of English becomes clear when we begin to recognise some of the things we study in class in our real lives. If you pick up a newspaper any day you will start to recognise imagery and notice that it is used every day. So, we’ll do that today. Read a newspaper article. I’ll give out highlighters so we can spot any language techniques we find. This will be important for tomorrow.

Friday 2nd

Close Reading practice assessment

Discursive essays due today


Monday for ‘The Catcher in the Rye ‘ improved essay