The Things They Carried: Culture and History

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What would you carry? As part of a study of Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, individuals are asked to imagine they have been drafted and are going to war. In a brief essay, they name three personal items they would take with them and the reasons for choosing these items. In addition, the class reads a short article on the draft and discuss the pros and cons of conscription.

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  • Ask readers to keep story-by-story notes, recording characters, the things each individual carried, the the point of view of the story

  • The second in a ten-lesson unit focused on O'Brien's novel includes a reading homework assignment and a writing prompt
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