SIRA—SHORT INDEPENDENT READING ASSIGNMENT

 “A Perfect Day for Bananafish”

by J. D. Salinger

 

THE FOLLOWING ASSIGNMENT IS WORTH ONE (1) IR PUNCH, UNLESS YOU ARE SO TOTALLY BRILLIANT AND THOROUGH WITH YOUR ANSWERS THAT YOU EARN 2 IR PUNCHES.  However, poor responses will earn 0 to .5 punches.

Be sure to write the title of the story at the top of your paper. 

(Punches will be given when the assignments are turned in and graded.)

 

Assignment:

Make sense of this story.

 

 

 

(In terms of guidelines, I recommend the following:

Have a discussion with yourself about this story in a few to several thoughtful paragraphs.  The goal of your discussion is to answer the question:  “What do you make of this story?”  As you “discuss” the story with yourself, consider the following questions:

§         What do you understand about this story?  What don’t you understand?

§         What do you understand about what this author is saying?  Is there a point?  What do you think it is and why?

§         What does this text remind you of and why?

§         What’s important to understand about this text?

§         What are your questions? and What are your answers?)