Written by Jill Bloomfield
Essentially a complete teacher's guide and novel unit, this LitPlan Teacher Pack includes lesson plans and reproducible student materials for The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien.
21 Daily Lessons
Short answer study questions
Multiple choice quiz questions
Vocabulary worksheets for each reading assignment
3 detailed writing assignments
Individual and group activities
Critical thinking discussion questions
5 unit tests (2 short answer, 2 multiple choice, 1 advanced)
Review puzzles & games
Bulletin board ideas
Reproducible student materials
A Few Additional Notes
There is a group theme project in this unit. Students will examine cultural mythologies to explore the connection between blurred truth, storytelling, and the deep human need to believe in stories. Students will create a PowerPoint presentation and report their findings to the class.
There are three writing assignments in this unit, each with the purpose of informing, persuading, or expressing personal opinions. The first assignment gives students an opportunity to explain how they would react in circumstances such as the narrator's: would they evade the draft or heed its call? The second writing assignment asks students to respond to the final lines of the novel and personally answer a question it raises: do stories have the power to save a life? Finally, students will use secondary sources and write using facts gleaned from them, comparing Tim O'Brien's novel with a non-fiction essay about his first trip to Vietnam. Students will point out the primary differences between these two accounts.
These materials are geared for whole class use but are very easily adapted for independent study work, lit circles or book groups, home school use, or tutoring. If you have never taught this book before, this manual will give you a great foundation of materials on a variety of levels. If you have taught this book before, you might like to know that many veteran teachers have told us they have found our LitPlan Teacher Pack manuals to be much more thorough and more helpful than other materials they have used.
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