The Things They Carried Background and Chapter 1 Unit | Vietnam War

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Angie Kratzer
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10th - 12th, Homeschool
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This was a time saver for me and paired well with activities I already use in my classroom. The students seemed to enjoy what I used from this unit.
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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.

All materials are provided in both PDF and Google Slides.


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 closure activity)

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)

Bonus Materials:

Mini Practice #1: Diction Analysis (Student Handout J)

Mini Practice #2: Syntax Analysis (Student Handout K)

Multiple Choice Question Exercise (Student Handout L)

What Teachers Are Saying

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️My little AP Lang heart is happy! I'm using TTTC at the beginning of the school year, and this resource provides an excellent foundation for skills we will use all year. To expand on the description above:

- It reviews symbolism and helps students understand its clear connection to author's purpose;

- It introduces several essay modes and helps students see a clear connection to author's purpose (while requiring them to also practice the modes);

- It breaks down composing analysis paragraphs in one of the simplest, most straightforward formats I've seen;

- It forces students to consider sentence-level analysis and its impact on our understanding of purpose;

- It's logically organized with brief but thorough teacher notes.

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Ways to Use This Resource

⭐️Set students up for comprehension success with background materials.

⭐️Weave rhetorical modes into the unit to kill two birds with one stone.

⭐️Provide reading accountability with chapter quizzes.

⭐️Provide opportunities to analyze and construct each rhetorical mode.

⭐️Don't have time to teach the whole book? Hit key chapters with the mini units you need.

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Total Pages
34 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.


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