American Sniper Essay Topics

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

''American Sniper'' is an autobiographical book that recounts the life and service of Chris Kyle. Use these essay topics to help students explore his life and accomplishments, as well as the social and political issues surrounding them.

The Life of a Sniper

American Sniper provides an in-depth look at the life of one of America's most famous military snipers, Chris Kyle. Through reading the book and writing about it, students can experience the life of a United States Navy SEAL tasked with serving in wartime Iraq. Not only can students explore the journey that led to Chris Kyle's military accomplishments, but they can also make connections between the social and political climates of both the Middle East and United States and how they contributed to what Chris Kyle and other service members experienced on the front lines.

Let's explore some essay topics to get students thinking about American Sniper and the experiences of Chris Kyle.

Personal Life

  • Chris Kyle grew up in Texas. Describe his childhood and upbringing. How did experiences during his formative years affect his time in the military?
  • Before Chris Kyle entered the military, he had another career. Discuss this career and why he chose to leave it to enlist in the United State military.
  • Describe Chris Kyle's family. How did they handle his tours overseas and what were the effects on his wife and children?
  • What did Chris Kyle do after his time in the military? How did his experiences in the military prepare him for this occupation?
  • Chris Kyle was tragically murdered after his book was published. Describe the circumstances surrounding his death. How did his death raise awareness of treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in military veterans?

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