This is a suggested teaching schedule for a 10 day class study of Tim O' Brien's The Things They Carried. Lesson plans and handouts can be downloaded individually by clicking on the name of the file in the schedule below. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view these files.
Audio Guide CDs are available only for the communities participating in The Big Read. If your community is participating, contact the lead community organization to receive a free Audio Guide CD. Non-participating communities can listen to the full audio online.
Day One Lesson Plan [PDF]
Focus: Culture and History
Day Two Lesson Plan [PDF]
Focus: Narrative and Point of View
Day Three Lesson Plan [PDF]
Day Four Lesson Plan [PDF]
Focus: Figurative Language
Day Five Lesson Plan [PDF]
Day Six Lesson Plan [PDF]
Focus: Character Development
Day Seven Lesson Plan [PDF]
Focus: The Plot Structure
Day Eight Lesson Plan [PDF]
Focus: Themes of the Book
Day Nine Lesson Plan [PDF]
Focus: What Makes a Book Great?
Day Ten Lesson Plan [PDF]
Handout 1: Tips on Reading a Collection of Linked Short Fiction [PDF]
Handout 2: Conscription and the U.S. Draft [PDF]
Handout 3: The Quang Ngai Province and the My Lai Massacre [PDF]
Page numbers refer to the 1998 Broadway Books edition of The Things They Carried.