Monday, February 14, 2011


Vocabulary practice #1 - TTTC vocab
Discuss "Enemies" and "Friends"
Read "How to Tell a True War Story" and be prepared to answer the following questions:
1) What does O'Brien mean when he writes that "A true war story is never moral"?
2) Why is Rat so upset that the dead man's sister doesn't write him back?
3) What reasons do you think the sister might have had for not writing back?
4) Describe Curt Lemon's death.
5) What does Rat do to the baby water buffalo? What do you think this event symbolizes?

HW: Read "How to Tell a True War Story" and be prepared to answer the questions above in class tomorrow.

Monday, February 7, 2011


Introduce new vocabulary words
Discuss "The Things They Carried" and "Love"
  • Why does O’Brien keep repeating that “Ted Lavender was shot”?
  • In “Love,” how has Jimmy Cross changed since the war? How is he still the same?

HW: Read "Spin" and write down your answers to the following questions:
  • Why do the men enjoy playing checkers?
  • What does the narrator mean when he says, “I feel guilty sometimes. Forty-three years old and I’m still writing war stories?”
  • What specific events does the narrator relate that remind us of how young and na├»ve these soldiers are?

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Watch "The Road to War" and "Vietnam" from The History Channel website
Complete viewing guide

Introduce "Goodbye Letter" assignment - due tomorrow!

Begin reading The Things They Carried

HW: Complete "Goodbye Letter," typed or written neatly in ink. Due tomorrow at the beginning of class. Bring The Things They Carried every day to class.