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Here’s What ‘The Catcher In The Rye’ Can Teach You About Life*

Reclusive- avoiding Today marks the 95th anniversary of J.D. Salinger’s birth. Today marks
the company of other The famously reclusive author, known for penning The __________________
people; solitary Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey, has been in the _________________
spotlight more than he probably would have liked this year,
due to the release of a biography and film outlining his life What two books did
and impact, and the “leaking” of three of his previously J.D. Salinger write?
unpublished stories. __________________
__________________
In the midst of the hubbub, we’d like to revisit why, exactly,
Angsty - a feeling of we cherish the memory of Salinger. Though his most famous What is the definition
deep anxiety or of angsty?
work, The Catcher in the Rye, is often shrugged off as
dread, typically an __________________
unfocused one about relatable only to angsty, insufferable teens, it’s withstood the __________________
the human condition test of time. Sure, it’s the “Great American High School
or the state of the Novel,” but adults repeatedly fixate on it. In fact, when the What is the Catcher in
world in general HuffPost Books team collectively re-read it, we didn’t feel the Rye novel referred
that we were reliving an experience akin to awkward slow- to?
dancing and first kisses. We felt that were reading something __________________
__________________
relevant and important.
__________________

Endearing - inspiring Here are five things The Catcher in the Rye can teach you
love or affection about life, even if your prom-going days are far behind you.
How many life lessons
Disingenuousness - 1. You’re not alone in your frustrations. can we learn from this
not candid or sincere, article and the book?
typically by Holden spends the bulk of the book complaining. It’s __________________
pretending that one
endearing at times, sad at others, but on the whole it makes
knows less about
something than one him somewhat of an irritating character. Still, his frustrations
really does with the disingenuousness of others, and especially his
grievances about dating and lost love, can help readers to Scan the text, what
Petty - characterized understand that they aren’t the only one coping with kind of character is
by an undue concern problems, big or petty. Holden?
for trivial matters, __________________
especially in a small- __________________
2. Social niceties aren’t always phony.
minded or spiteful
way.
Holden’s catchphrase, and go-to response for almost any
Phony - not genuine; situation, be it dating or going to the movies or generally just
fraudulent. walking around, is to deem the people he’s interacting with as
“phony.” Readers give him flak for this. But he’s also aware
Niceties- a minor that he, too, feels as though he must act in accordance with Define the word
aspect of polite social phony used by Holden
social norms - that they exist for a reason. He doesn’t have the
behavior; a detail of __________________
etiquette. best attitude about niceties, but he acknowledges that, at __________________
times, they can be important.

3. Excellent writing can transport you. Identify what can


transport you.
Literate - having or Holden is a big reader. He describes himself as “not all that __________________
showing education or literate,” in spite of reading a lot. He reads for pleasure, and __________________
knowledge, typically
he describes the pleasure he takes in reading at length in the
in a specified area
book. Movies, on the other hand, are a medium he classifies What hobby does
Admirable - arousing as “phony.” Still, his devouring of books is admirable. Holden have?
or deserving respect __________________
and approval 4. Growing up means channeling your frustrations
towards something productive.

When Holden visits Mr. Antolini, he’s given advice from a


worried man who understands what formal education doesn’t.
Dictate - control or Mr. Antolini says he has a feeling that Holden is “riding for
decisively affect; some kind of a terrible, terrible fall.” Instead of allowing his
determine frustrations to dictate his life, Mr. Antolini suggests that
Holden should learn more about others who have experienced
similar frustrations.

5. Beauty is rare, and worth holding onto.

Though Holden often is unhappy with his interactions with Who does Holden
others, he does cherish the company of his chosen mentors, choose to cherish in
his close friends, and his family, especially his younger sister. his life?
He also values books and museums, and other means of __________________
preserving special or important moments. __________________
__________________

Modified from: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/01/catcher-in-the-rye_n_4524045.html


Here’s What ‘The Catcher In The Rye’ Can Teach You About Life**

From the context, Today marks the 95th anniversary of J.D. Salinger’s birth. The How old would J.D.
infer what the word famously reclusive author, known for penning The Catcher in Salinger be today
reclusive means the Rye and Franny and Zooey, has been in the spotlight more based on the text
_________________ information?
than he probably would have liked this year, due to the release
_________________ ________________
of a biography and film outlining his life and impact, and the ________________
“leaking” of three of his previously unpublished stories.

In the midst of the hubbub, we’d like to revisit why, exactly, we


How might the book cherish the memory of Salinger. Though his most famous work,
be relatable to both The Catcher in the Rye, is often shrugged off as relatable only to
teens and adults? Name two ways one
angsty, insufferable teens, it’s withstood the test of time. Sure,
_________________ can learn about life
_________________ it’s the “Great American High School Novel,” but adults from reading The
_________________ repeatedly fixate on it. In fact, when the HuffPost Books team Catcher in the Rye?
collectively re-read it, we didn’t feel that we were reliving an ________________
experience akin to awkward slow-dancing and first kisses. We ________________
felt that were reading something relevant and important. ________________
________________
Here are five things The Catcher in the Rye can teach you about
life, even if your prom-going days are far behind you.

1. You’re not alone in your frustrations.


How does Holden What can readers
spend most of his Holden spends the bulk of the book complaining. It’s endearing infer or understand?
time in the book and at times, sad at others, but on the whole it makes him somewhat ________________
how is he described? of an irritating character. Still, his frustrations with the ________________
_________________
disingenuousness of others, and especially his grievances about
dating and lost love, can help readers to understand that they
aren’t the only one coping with problems, big or petty.

2. Social niceties aren’t always phony.


How would you
Holden’s catchphrase, and go-to response for almost any describe a social
niceties in your
situation, be it dating or going to the movies or generally just
words?
walking around, is to deem the people he’s interacting with as ________________
“phony.” Readers give him flak for this. But he’s also aware ________________
that he, too, feels as though he must act in accordance with
social norms - that they exist for a reason. He doesn’t have the
best attitude about niceties, but he acknowledges that, at times,
they can be important.

3. Excellent writing can transport you. How does the term


literate compare and
Holden is a big reader. He describes himself as “not all that contrast with
literate,” in spite of reading a lot. He reads for pleasure, and he Holden’s character
describes the pleasure he takes in reading at length in the book. and hobby/love of
Movies, on the other hand, are a medium he classifies as reading?
“phony.” Still, his devouring of books is admirable. ________________
________________
________________
4. Growing up means channeling your frustrations towards
something productive.

When Holden visits Mr. Antolini, he’s given advice from a What does Mr.
worried man who understands what formal education doesn’t. Antolini suggest
Mr. Antolini says he has a feeling that Holden is “riding for Holden do?
________________
some kind of a terrible, terrible fall.” Instead of allowing his
________________
frustrations to dictate his life, Mr. Antolini suggests that Holden ________________
should learn more about others who have experienced similar
frustrations.

5. Beauty is rare, and worth holding onto.

Though Holden often is unhappy with his interactions with


What does Holden
others, he does cherish the company of his chosen mentors, his
choose to hold onto?
_________________ close friends, and his family, especially his younger sister. He
_________________ also values books and museums, and other means of preserving
_________________ special or important moments.

Modified from: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/01/catcher-in-the-rye_n_4524045.html


Here’s What ‘The Catcher In The Rye’ Can Teach You About Life***

Today marks the 95th anniversary of J.D. Salinger’s birth.


Given that this article The famously reclusive author, known for penning The Infer from the context
was published in 2015, Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey, has been in the J.D. Salinger’s
what number of personality. How
spotlight more than he probably would have liked this year,
anniversary of the might it play out into
author’s birth are we due to the release of a biography and film outlining his life Holden’s character -
up to now? and impact, and the “leaking” of three of his previously any similarities?
_______________ unpublished stories. __________________
__________________
In the midst of the hubbub, we’d like to revisit why, exactly, __________________
Summarize the we cherish the memory of Salinger. Though his most famous __________________
paragraph __________________
work, The Catcher in the Rye, is often shrugged off as
__________________
__________________ relatable only to angsty, insufferable teens, it’s withstood the
__________________ test of time. Sure, it’s the “Great American High School
__________________ Novel,” but adults repeatedly fixate on it. In fact, when the
__________________ HuffPost Books team collectively re-read it, we didn’t feel
that we were reliving an experience akin to awkward slow-
dancing and first kisses. We felt that were reading something
relevant and important.

Here are five things The Catcher in the Rye can teach you
Hypothesize how about life, even if your prom-going days are far behind you. What areas of life did
Holden overcomes Holden suffer the
some of his sadness 1. You’re not alone in your frustrations. most?
toward the end? __________________
__________________ Holden spends the bulk of the book complaining. It’s __________________
__________________ __________________
endearing at times, sad at others, but on the whole it makes
__________________ __________________
__________________ him somewhat of an irritating character. Still, his frustrations
with the disingenuousness of others, and especially his
grievances about dating and lost love, can help readers to Why do you think this
understand that they aren’t the only one coping with is his catchphrase of
problems, big or petty. choice?
__________________
__________________
2. Social niceties aren’t always phony.
__________________
__________________
Holden’s catchphrase, and go-to response for almost any
Imagine a time in your situation, be it dating or going to the movies or generally just
life when someone or walking around, is to deem the people he’s interacting with
something seemed as “phony.” Readers give him flak for this. But he’s also
phony and it aware that he, too, feels as though he must act in accordance
disappointed you.
with social norms - that they exist for a reason. He doesn’t
__________________
__________________ have the best attitude about niceties, but he acknowledges In your opinion, what
__________________ that, at times, they can be important. makes someone
__________________ literate?
3. Excellent writing can transport you. __________________
__________________
Holden is a big reader. He describes himself as “not all that
literate,” in spite of reading a lot. He reads for pleasure, and
he describes the pleasure he takes in reading at length in the
Predict what Holden’s Describe a time where
future career path book. Movies, on the other hand, are a medium he classifies you personally had to
might be? as “phony.” Still, his devouring of books is admirable. channel your
__________________ frustrations and turn it
__________________ 4. Growing up means channeling your frustrations into something
__________________ towards something productive. positive and
productive?
__________________
When Holden visits Mr. Antolini, he’s given advice from a
__________________
Draw Holden’s circle worried man who understands what formal education __________________
of trust, including his doesn’t. Mr. Antolini says he has a feeling that Holden is
family members and “riding for some kind of a terrible, terrible fall.” Instead of
his interests that bring allowing his frustrations to dictate his life, Mr. Antolini
him joy. suggests that Holden should learn more about others who Do you feel that Mr.
have experienced similar frustrations. Antolini’s advice was
the right advice?
Explain why or why
5. Beauty is rare, and worth holding onto. not.
__________________
Though Holden often is unhappy with his interactions with __________________
others, he does cherish the company of his chosen mentors, __________________
What is beautiful to his close friends, and his family, especially his younger
Holden, as seen sister. He also values books and museums, and other means Speculate why his
throughout the novel? of preserving special or important moments. younger sister might
__________________ be someone very
__________________ important to him.
__________________ __________________
__________________
__________________

Modified from: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/01/catcher-in-the-rye_n_4524045.html