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The Things They Carried

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Neylin Castillo

on 21 November 2016

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Transcript of The Things They Carried

“They carried all they could bear, and then some,
including a silent awe for the terrible power of
the things they carried

Create an online blog account for the purpose of this class.
Step 1
. Pick a platform

Step 2
. Create an account

Step 3
. Email blog link by

Gather around in groups of 4 or 5.
Everyone will pick one item from their bag to talk about.
Take turns going around the group describing why the item was selected and the
of said item.
Be ready to share with the class afterward.
What's in YOUR bag?
o Students will be able to sympathize with war veterans and their coping mechanisms.
o Students will be able to understand about the physical and emotional burdens of war.
o Students will be able to make connections between the text and their personal lives.
o Students will be able to identify examples of hardship during the Vietnam war.
o Students will be able to identify various character’s specific needs and beliefs during and after the war.

: LAFS.1112.RL.1.1 , LAFS.1112.RL.2.4, LAFS.1112.RI.1.1, LAFS.1112.RI.2.4
Grade level
: 11th
The Things They Carried

Vietnam was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the 20th century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and in an estimated 2 million Vietnamese deaths. Even today, many Americans still ask whether the American effort in Vietnam was a sin, a blunder, a necessary war, or whether it was a noble cause, or an idealistic, if failed, effort to protect the South Vietnamese from totalitarian government.

1. The Vietnam War cost the United States 58,000 lives and 350,000 casualties. It also resulted in between one and two million Vietnamese deaths.

2. Congress enacted the
War Powers Act
in 1973, requiring the president to receive explicit Congressional approval before committing American forces overseas.

Served in the Vietnam war as a sergeant.
46th Infantry Regiment
198th Infantry Brigade
Earned a Purple Heart.
Received multiple awards such as France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger Award and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, as well as being a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award.
(The Things They Carried)

Tim O’Brien:
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