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This 34-page unit on the background and Chapter 1 of Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried contains five lesson plans (60-120 minutes each), eleven handouts, one reading quiz, and four versions of a map of Southeast Asia. Materials focus on student understanding of the Vietnam conflict, analysis of symbolism, and writing and analysis of essays in the definition mode.
Lesson 1: Building Background Knowledge (including Student Handouts A-D---a Vietnam War Timeline, several maps of Vietnam, a soldier lingo scavenger hunt, and a summarizer)
Lesson 2: Symbolism Analysis (including a reading quiz, an exhaustive list of the things the men carry, and Student Handout E, a literary analysis writing exercise)
Lesson 3: The Extended Definition Mode (including Student Handout F, a two-page handout on the extended definition mode)
Lesson 4: Extended Definition as a Device (including Student Handouts G and H, exercises on analyzing the use of extended definition as a device)
Lesson 5: Rhetorical Analysis of an Extended Definition (including Student Handout I, an annotation and writing exercise)
Mini Practice #1: Diction Analysis (Student Handout J)
Mini Practice #2: Syntax Analysis (Student Handout K)
Multiple Choice Question Exercise (Student Handout L)
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