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Love of War in Tim O’Brien’s “How to Tell a True War Story”

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Love of War in Tim O’Brien’s “How to Tell a True War Story”

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Six 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Ellen Greenblatt

San Francisco, California

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Persuasion Map

The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   8 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 29

Poet Yusef Komunyakaa was born in 1947.

Students examine imagery in the work of Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 11

Veterans Day is celebrated in the United States today.

Students write biographical poems about a soldier.

 

Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 26

Memorial Day is observed in the United States today.

Observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day honors the men and women who died while serving in the United States military. In addition to having celebrations with family and friends, many people visit cemeteries and memorials and place flags on the grave sites of fallen servicemen and women.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 1

Author Tim O’Brien was born on this day.

After reading O’Brien’s story “A True War Story” from The Things They Carried, students choose a powerful event from their own lives and map it using the Timeline Tool. They then create a fictional version of this event.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 21

Novelist Ernest Hemingway was born on this day in 1899.

Students examine the ways different authors treat the subject of war in their writing and compare and contrast using the Venn Diagram interactive.

 

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STRATEGY GUIDES

Grades   K – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Shared Writing

This strategy guide explains how to use shared writing to teach students effective strategies that will improve their own independent writing ability.

 

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PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY

Grades   9 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Tim O'Brien in the Classroom: "This too is true: Stories can save us"

As part of the NCTE High School Literature Series, Tim O’Brien in the Classroom focuses on opportunities for classroom discussion and writing assignments, including lessons, open-ended prompts, and student writing samples.

 

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