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Worth Its Weight: Letter Writing with "The Things They Carried"
|Grades||9 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Four 50-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
Copies of "The Things They Carried" by Tim O’Brien
Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing & Publishing Prose
The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence.
- "The Things They Carried"
- Love of War in Tim O’Brien’s “How to Tell a True War Story”
- Minnesota Authors Biography Project: Tim O’Brien
- Writing Vietnam
- Tim O’Brien Home Page
- Vietnam War Overview
- Tim O’Brien Speaks at the National Book Festival
- Veteran’s History Project
- Obtain copies of the story “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien. Online versions are available, as are print versions.
- Familiarize yourself with biographical information on O’Brien in order to talk about the autobiographical nature of the story. Online resources about O’Brien are listed in Resources section.
- Read the related essay “Shared Weight: Tim O’Brien’s ‘The Things They Carried’” for background and student examples related to this lesson.
- Make a copy of the Letter Assignment, Reader Response sheet, and Reflection Questions for each student.
- Test the Letter Generator on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed on each computer. You can download the plug-in from the Technical Support page.