In the Lake of the Woods Discussion Questions

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been an educator for 20 years and earned her Master of Education degree in 2017. She enjoys using her experience to provide engaging resources for other teachers.

Reading O'Brien's 'In the Lake of the Woods' with your high school students can be an exercise in analysis of evidence and solving mysteries. Use these discussion questions to help them delve more deeply into theme, characters, and structure.

In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O'Brien

Tim O'Brien takes readers on a mysterious journey and asks that they unravel the details in his novel, In the Lake of the Woods. The author leaves readers to draw their own conclusions, which can be a challenge for students. Help your high school students analyze the mystery using these discussion questions. You may want to use them as the foundation for a whole group discussion, provide a list of questions to student teams, or engage in a one-on-one conversation with a single student.

  • Note: These questions are designed to be used after students have read the novel.

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