Practice with Persuasion—The Politics of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried

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Tim O’Brien’s 1990 novel, The Things They Carried, has become a contemporary classic. As much for the content of experiencing war, the novel is highly regarding for its writing craft.

Students will view supporting video and audio clips on as well as a documentary called, “How To Tell a True War Story.” Included in the material is a link to a New York Times article on the master audio recording of the book by Bryan Cranston. There are comparisons in the resource of the novel to Oliver Stone’s Platoon. There is a link to a Frontline special on soldiers and PTSD.

The lessons feature a link to a prompt on politics in literature in Question #3 of the 2009B AP English Literature and Composition examination. Students will work on crafting a persuasive thesis sentence. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical précis and the Socratic Seminar.

These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, World Literature or AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities.

The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.

Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, politics, Vietnam War, theme

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