Ch 5: Teaching The Things They Carried

About This Chapter

The lessons in this chapter provide several teacher resources for Tim O'Brien's novel ''The Things They Carried''. The chapter includes helpful discussion questions, essay topics and activities to help teachers enhance their classroom instruction.

Teaching The Things They Carried - Chapter Summary

This teacher resource chapter will help supplement your classroom instruction for Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried. The lessons are designed help you create a lesson plan for the novel and engage your students with quality discussion questions, essay topics and fun classroom activities. We'll show you how to lead your students through analysis of each of the book's chapters and present you with questions and learning activities you can use in class.

Self-assessment quizzes are included in each lesson to help you make sure you've grasped the material and are ready to effectively teach your students The Things They Carried.

How It Helps

  • Benefits student critical thinking and composition skills: The essay questions will help your students think critically about the book's content and sharpen their writing skills
  • Enhances student understanding: You'll be able to encourage meaningful classroom discussion with questions covering specific chapters and themes from the book
  • Helps design lesson plans: You'll create comprehensive lesson plans that cover the most important elements of the book, such as plot, characters and themes

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, you'll be able to:

  • Design a comprehensive The Things They Carried lesson plan
  • Present your classroom with educational and fun activities that will supplement their understanding of the novel
  • Test your students' understanding of the book with chapter questions, essay topics and discussion questions

6 Lessons in Chapter 5: Teaching The Things They Carried
The Things They Carried Lesson Plan

1. The Things They Carried Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan after reading 'The Things They Carried' to help students summarize book's main ideas, identify theme present in the novel, and examine its characters. Students will then apply learning to an activity.

The Things They Carried Chapter Questions

2. The Things They Carried Chapter Questions

Teachers, the following questions are designed to explore the students' depth and knowledge of each chapter and enhance your classroom discussion to further challenge their critical thinking and literary analysis skills.

The Things They Carried Discussion Questions

3. The Things They Carried Discussion Questions

''The Things They Carried'' is about the Vietnam War and its impact on the soldiers. The discussion questions will prompt students to respond about specific events and characters, while exploring their personal feelings about warfare.

The Things They Carried Study Guide Questions

4. The Things They Carried Study Guide Questions

'The Things They Carried' is not the typical war novel. This set of connected short stories shows both the dark and light sides of war, and it offers insight into the human condition. This lesson contains questions to help students focus their thinking on this book.

The Things They Carried Essay Topics

5. The Things They Carried Essay Topics

One way to help students navigate stories is to ask them to respond in writing. This lesson explains how to use essay questions in the classroom, and provides essay topic ideas related to the study of the novel The Things They Carried.

The Things They Carried Activities

6. The Things They Carried Activities

'The Things They Carried' is a book made of over 20 connected stories. This lesson provides activities that will help students understand the plot, themes, and characters of the novel.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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