Jazmin Young Mrs. Ruggiero Honors English II 9 November 2011 Unit 3 Reflection In this unit, we read The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. The activities done in this unit related to the vocabulary, elements of literature, and the symbolism in The Catcher in the Rye. Some of the activities done were study guides, quizzes, and vocabulary worksheets. Etymology was also a subject done during this unit. My main goal for this unit was to understand the key concepts of the story. Since symbolism was a big element in The Catcher in the Rye, I wanted to be able to understand and explain the symbolism on my own. For this unit, my main challenge was to comprehend and recognize all of the elements of literature and themes presented in The Catcher and the Rye. Some of the elements of literature and themes presented in the story were difficult to clarify in a way I could truly understand. I had to thoroughly think out the little pieces of a concept, in order to get the whole idea. However, at the end of the story, I was able to catch sight of the whole picture. A smaller challenge I had was time management. I had a large amount of homework during the time we were reading The Catcher in the Rye, which kept me from getting my reading assignments done. There was one time that I did not have an opportunity to read at all, which was because of the homework I had in my other classes. I was so occupied with the other homework that I was not able to get to my reading assignment completed. I received an unpleasant quiz grade, which was a result of not
having the time to read and take notes, because of the large amount of homework I received. However, that was the only time I had a time management issue with the reading. When the list of etymology words was given, there was one time I did not get it completed. I did reasonably well on the etymology test, but I know I could have done better if I studied a little more. The reason I could not study as much as I needed to, was because I had other homework that I had to complete. There was nothing I did not enjoy about The Catcher in the Rye, because it was such a terrific book. The element of literature I was able to recognize the most was verbal irony. The main character, Holden Caulfield, was a very sarcastic person, and most of the story contained a lot of verbal irony, which was quite easy to notice because of his continuous sarcasm. Another element of literature I was able to recognize was hyperboles. Holden was always exaggerating about the smallest issues or events, which was also easy to notice. Therefore, the elements of literature, hyperboles and verbal irony, are the concepts I am most confident about. As for the time management, I was overall successfully able to deal with it. Mrs. Ruggiero told the class that she recommended that we should take notes. I took that suggestion into great consideration and took notes for every chapter. By taking notes I was able to do well on the quizzes, which we were able to use our notes to help us. So overall for this part of the unit, I did exceptionally well. I also did very well on the etymology tests taken.