The Things They Carried Novel Study - Common Core Aligned Teaching Guide
The Things They Carried Novel Study - Common Core Aligned Teaching Guide
The Things They Carried Novel Study - Common Core Aligned Teaching Guide
The Things They Carried Novel Study - Common Core Aligned Teaching Guide
The Things They Carried Novel Study - Common Core Aligned Teaching Guide

The Things They Carried Novel Study - Common Core Aligned Teaching Guide

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The Things They Carried Literature Guide for grades 9-12, includes 151 pages of Common Core Standards Aligned activities, worksheets, quizzes, tests, and teacher resources for getting the most out of your teaching of Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried. 

Here's what Genelle C. said: As a first year IB Language and Literature SL teacher, this unit helped me tremendously! Although I had taught the book in the past, this helped me see it with analytical eyes. Thank you!

Perfect for student-directed distance learning or homeschooling, however, this product is a PDF only and will need modification for use in Google Classroom.

Designed to require as much or as little teacher instruction or intervention as you desire. Lessons and activities are clear, and provide students with full explanation on how to complete activities (giving examples and providing mini-lessons whenever possible), requiring little to no explanation or detailed instruction from the teacher. In many cases, students will be able to self-direct their study and completion of work according to your requirements, making it perfect for distance learning.

Please note that this product may be used in Google Classroom or a PASSWORD-protected site by the authorized purchaser only. Posting or sharing anywhere the public can view or download is violation of copyright terms of use.

This The Things They Carried Guide includes:

  • List of Pre-Reading Activities for introducing themes and activating prior knowledge
  • Historical Focus article on the Vietnam War and America in the 1960s with corresponding Comprehension Check questions.
  • Informational Focus Pre-Reading Activity: Predictive Assessment
  • American Policy in Vietnam by President Lyndon B. Johnson and response.
  • Pre-Reading Literature Focus: Visual Poetry
  • Informational Focus: Author Biography on Tim O'Brien with corresponding questions about the article
  • Informational Focus: Evaluating O'Brien's Style with corresponding Comprehension Check questions
  • Pre-Reading Discussion Questions and Notes for the Teacher
  • Glossary of Military, Historical, and Geographical Vocabulary
  • Vocabulary Lists with and without definitions
  • Literary Inventory Lesson Plan for note-taking
  • Comprehension/Analysis Questions for "The Things They Carried," "On the Rainy River," "How to Tell a True War Story," "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong," "Speaking of Courage," "In the Field," "Ghost Soldiers," and "Lives of the Dead"
  • Specific Reading: Literature activities and worksheets on:
    • Point of View
    • Selecting and Incorporating Textual Evidence in an Argument
    • Paradox
    • The Power of Syntax and Writer's Purpose
    • Genre-Meta-Fiction
    • Stream of Consciousness
    • Direct vs. Indirect Characterization
    • Defining and Understanding Nonlinear Narrative
  • Reading: Language activities and worksheets on:
    • Word Roots and Memes
    • Word Roots and Skits
    • Context Clues
    • Revising for Flow
    • Sentence Strips and Story Sequence
    • Selecting Effective Quotations
    • Vocabulary and Context Clues
    • Incorporating Quotations into Writing
    • Vocabulary and Round Robin Storytelling
    • "Bookend" Narratives
  • Specific Writing activities and worksheets, including:
    • Selecting and Incorporating Textual Evidence in an Argument
    • Revising for Flow
    • Sentence Strips and Story Sequence
    • Selecting Effective Quotations
    • "123" Essays
    • Incorporating Quotations into Writing
    • Vocabulary and Round Robin Storytelling
  •  Speaking and Listening activity on: Marketing
  • Reading and Vocabulary Quizzes on "The Things They Carried," "On the Rainy River," "How to Tell a True War Story," "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong," "Speaking of Courage," "In the Field," "Ghost Soldiers," and "Lives of the Dead"
  • Final Test
  • Things I'd Carry Activity
  • Essay Ideas
  • Comparative Film Study
  • Post-Reading Activities
  • Teacher's Guide including
    • Sample Agenda
    • Notes to the Teacher
    • Summary of the Novel
    • Three Project Rubrics
    • Answer Key

Dianne R. said: This is an amazing resource. As I try to navigate how and what I want to teach with this novel, I found this to be (by far), the most valuable resource.

Please note that this product is available as a PDF download only.