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1 Journal for Nightswimming Read the lyrics of Nightswimming. 1.Note any important aspects of the song in relation to growing up, the passage of time, etc. in the margin or by underlining key words/phrases. 2.Please also note any words or phrases that may be considered symbolic. After listening: 3.What do you think is the literal meaning of nightswimming? 4.Refer to the notes you made regarding symbolism, what are some of the symbolic meanings? 5.What do you think the writer of this song is saying to the listener?

2 Journal for I am a Rock Simon and Garfunkel Read the lyrics of I am a Rock 1.Note any important aspects of the song in relation to relationships, life s experiences. 2.Please note any figurative devices used in the lyrics. 3.Please also note any words or phrases that may be considered symbolic. Now Listen After listening: 1.What is the writer/poet conveying about relationships and life experiences? What is the tone? 2.Refer to the notes you made regarding symbolism, what are some of the symbolic meanings? 3.What figurative devices did the poet use? Why is the use of the device effective? 4.How does the song relate to The Catcher in the Rye? 5.What is the writer trying to convey to the listener? Overall theme?

3 Journal for Out of Control 1. Read the lyrics and underline key phrases or interesting comparisons between the song and The Catcher in the Rye. 2. What is the tone? Listen to Hoobastank s song, Out of Control. 3. Did the tone change now that you ve listened to the song? 4. How is this song like the novel, The Catcher in the Rye? 5. How does the narrator convey his disillusionment to the audience? 6. When in your life have you felt the emotions that this song portrays? You can consider the statements about lack of trust, feeling abandoned, fear of the unknown, and/ or living by the rules, only to be disappointed.

4 Journal for Who Wrote Holden Caulfield? 1.Read the lyrics of Who wrote Holden Caulfield? Note any important aspects of the song in relation to the novel in the margin or by underlining key words/phrases. 2.Please note any figurative devices used in the lyrics. 3.Please also note any words or phrases that may be considered symbolic. Now Listen 4.Explain how this song depicts Holden s struggle throughout the novel. 5.Next, examine the song s title. What might Green Day be implying about the author (J.D. Salinger) of The Catcher in the Rye? 6.Finally, consider the first person voice in this song; what is the opinion being expressed by the writer of the song?

5 Journal for High School Low 1.Read the lyrics and note any important aspects of the song in relation to The Catcher in the Rye in the margin or by underlining key words/phrases. 2.Please note any possible symbols, figurative devices, etc. used in the lyrics. Now Listen 3.What is the tone of the song? 4.How does the song relate to The Catcher in the Rye? 5.What is the writer trying to convey to the listener? 6.What do you believe is the theme?

6 Journal for Superman by John Ondrasik 1. Underline phrases or words that remind you of The Catcher in the Rye, specifically Holden. 2. Please note any figurative devices used in the lyrics. 3. Please also note any words or phrases that may be considered symbolic. Now Listen 4. How does this song depict Holden s innermost thoughts? 5. Do you believe Holden to be a Hero? Explain the line in the song, Even heroes have the right to bleed. Does Holden fit with this line? 6. Compare the silly red sheet to Holden s red hunting hat. 7. Finally, consider the metaphor of digging for kryptonite. (In Superman, the kryptonite neutralizes superman s power and makes him weak) What is Holden digging for, yet it makes him weak?

7 Journal for Mad World Read the lyrics of Mad World 1.Please underline key words or phrases. Also note any words or phrases that may be considered symbolic. 2.Note figurative devices. After listening: 3.Refer to the notes you made regarding symbolism, what are some of the symbolic meanings? 4.How does this song relate to The Catcher in the Rye? 5.What does mad world mean to you? 6.What do you think the writer of this song is saying to the listener?

8 Journal: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes 1. Read and annotate the song as you listen to it. 2. Examine the line in stanza two, Something here inside. Does love come from the inside or from an outer source? Or both? Does Holden have this love? 3. Read stanza three. Look closely at the lines, When your heart s on fire/you must realize/smoke gets in your eyes. What is the meaning of these lines? 4. Why might J.D. Salinger reference this song in his novel (song is played on the merry-go-round)? 5. Which lines describe Holden s character? How does this speaker differ from Holden? Specifically, look at the last stanza. Or if you think that they are similar, argue why they are the same by the end of the poem.

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