Day 2

The Things They Carried Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    Story Truth

    Kind of Activity:

    Classwide Discussion


    Students will be able to analyze the reliability of the narrator in the book's many stories

    Common Core Standards:



    What is Story Truth? Revise or customize the following prompts to facilitate productive writing and debate as you read the book.

    • Have students make a list of the qualities that make up a "true war story."
    • Ask students to discuss any contradictions, and ask them to write a final reflection explaining what the narrator’s intentions are for instructing us about these qualities. Include in this reflection ideas about the narrator’s reliability. Are "true" and...

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