The copy of The Catcher in the Rye I’ve given you
is your book to keep. If you lose it, you must replace it on your
own, and, because of this assignment, you cannot just use a copy
from the library. Write your name and division number on the inside
cover of the book.
Part One: For this assignment, you need to choose
at least TWO patterns to track throughout the book by color marking
them. Keep in mind a pattern should be an idea or thing that reoccurs
in a text and that idea/thing should carry some meaning (that means
“the” isn’t a pattern). Chose one little pattern
and one big one, OR pick two big patterns. These patterns should
appear throughout most of the book (little patterns won’t
appear as frequently as big patterns). Some possible patterns appear
below, but if you find others, you can mark them. If you’re
not sure something qualifies as a pattern, see me.
Possible little patterns: red, hunting cap
Possible BIG patterns: sadness/depression/depressing, phony/phoniness,
To mark your patterns, you will need 2 different highlighter colors.
Make a key at the beginning of your book to indicate which color
goes with which pattern. Every time you see the patterns you picked,
highlight them. If you think something is related to your pattern,
but aren’t sure, highlight it and make a note in the margin
about your thinking. You will be turning your copy of the book in
as part of this journal entry.
Part Two: After finishing the book, pick ONE of
the patterns you marked and discuss its significance in the novel.
What does the pattern mean? What does it tell us about Holden (or
other characters)? How does it relate to themes (big ideas) in the
book? Your “discussion” should be written out on paper
and be a minimum of ½ page. Mark this paper as “Journal
2, Part Two.”