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Teacher Resources by Grade
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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|
San Francisco, California
Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.
Grades 8 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  April 29
Students examine imagery in the work of Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  November 11
Students write biographical poems about a soldier.
Grades 5 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  May 30
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
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
Students examine the ways different authors treat the subject of war in their writing and compare and contrast using the Venn Diagram interactive.
Grades K – 12 | Strategy Guide
This strategy guide explains how to use shared writing to teach students effective strategies that will improve their own independent writing ability.
Grades 9 – 12 | Professional Library | Book
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.