Day 1

The Things They Carried Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Why does the narrator share how much the things they carried weighed and how does this enhance aspects of the narrative?

    Strong answers will elaborate on the detail the narrator goes into about the individual items, and that such detail enhances the characters by bringing out their qualities and by illuminating their differences as individuals but similarities as soldiers. The repetitive nature of the descriptions reveals the grinding repetitiveness of their duty. Students should discuss the emotional things carried, which add weight to the men's journey and to the challenges that face them as soldiers.

  2. 2

    What were some of the emotional or intangible things they carried...

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