The Things They Carried

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The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien's powerful collection of vignettes about the experiences of a platoon of soldiers during the Vietnam War, serves as a text for a crossword puzzle. The 23 clues asks readers to recall characters, events, and fill in the blanks with missing words from lines from the novel.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have the class critique the strengths and weaknesses of the puzzle and then ask groups to craft their own 
  • Use an a review before a final assessment
Classroom Considerations
  • The clues focus on events rather than on the significance of the events
  • An answer key is included
  • Does not support or encourage critical thinking
Common Core