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This activity uses the STEAL strategy to analyze characters from Tim O'Brien's novel The Things They Carried after reading the first chapter. Students would be organized into expert groups of 2-4 students. These expert groups would each analyze assigned characters and would use the STEAL mini-book to organize textual evidence. The expert groups would re-group into teams of different characters and present information. Teammates take notes (at least shared thesis statements) on a graphic organizer included. Ultimately, if desired, the activity could culminate with a character analysis essay based upon the character studied or a character chosen after teammates’ presentations.