The Things they Carried
Mar 20/21: TTTC Section 6
- Read "Notes." While you are reading, record your thought in a Double Entry Journal; record at least 3 quotes in a double entry journal. Then answer the following prompt:
- Write a half-page response considering how “Notes” expands the way we read “Speaking of Courage.” How does the last paragraph of “Notes” demonstrate O’Brien’s struggle to find the “truth” about the Vietnam War?
- Log onto Google Classroom and begin you "Strength and Selflessness" essay. This essay will be due at the end of the period next time.
Mar 20/21: TTTC Section 5
- Read "Speaking of Courage." While you are reading, record your thought in a Double Entry Journal; record at least 5 quotes in a double entry journal. Then answer the following questions:
- What is the narrator’s definition of courage? Do you agree or disagree? Why?
- Explain why it is so difficult for Norman and his father to talk?
- Discuss the symbolic meaning of the following: Bowker. Kiowa, the field, and the townspeople.
- Discuss the symbolic meaning of the field.
- Is Norman being too hard on himself? Do you think he is a courageous person? Justify your answer with textual evidence.
Mar 16/17: TTTC Section 4
Mar 14/15: TTTC Section 3
Mar 10/13: TTTC Section 2
Mar 8/9: TTTC Section 1 Continued
- Finish reading "The Things They Carried". While you are reading, record your thought in a Double Entry Journal; record at least 5 quotes in a double entry journal. Then answer the following questions:
- In the list of all the things the soldiers carried, what item was most surprising? Which item did you find most evocative of the war? Which items stay with you?
- Why do the soldiers tell jokes about the war, death, and killing?
- Why do you think Tim O’Brien wrote The Things They Carried as a work of fiction? What are the advantages to mudding the waters between fiction and non-fiction?
- How has Jimmy changed by the end of the story? How will he be a different person from this point on? What has he learned about himself? Or to put it another way, what has he lost and what has he gained?