The Things They Carried: What Makes a Book Great?

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Is The Things They Carried a great book? After generating a list of characteristics of great literature, individuals measure The Things They Carried against this criteria, assess O'Brien's book, and support their stance with direct references to the stories.

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Instructional Ideas
  • To ensure that all writers are prepared for the final assignment, ask class members to draft and submit for review their essay thesis and a brief outline
Classroom Considerations
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  • The final session in a ten-lesson study of the Things They Carried asks class members to consider the entirety of O'Brien's text: the stories he includes, the arrangement of those stories, and the shifting point of view
  • All related materials, including essay prompts, are included in the attached zip file
  • Additional scaffolding is necessary to ensure all class members can complete the essay assignment