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Hi All,

Here are some possible journal or essay prompts that I am building to make connections between the reading of The Things They Carried and students' understanding of the symbolism of their own revered objects:


1. The Things You Carried

After reading the story, The Things They Carried, write an essay about your “things.” Choose your backpack, purse, car, or wallet. Describe its contents in great detail and explain the significance of those contents in your life. Narrate a lesson-learning event related to one of those carried objects.  At the resolution of your narrative, connect your carrying narrative with that of one of the soldiers in The Things They Carried.  Reflect on the similarities between
• you and the soldier
• your story and the soldier’s story
• your carried object and the soldier’s carried object
Be sure to cite page numbers when you quote from, paraphrase, or summarize from the novel.


2. Hanging on to Things = Hanging on to Ideas

Every night, one of the soldiers in The Things They Carried unfolds a letter from a young woman back home.  Write an essay about an important object that you carry or have kept even though it has no direct practical purpose for you.  What sensory experiences flood your memory when you think about it?  What does it remind you of?  What does it represent or symbolize to you?  What would it mean to you if you lost it?   What memories, ideas, or emotional states would you fear losing if you lost this object?

Be sure to cite page numbers when you quote from, paraphrase, or summarize from the novel.