READING: Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried
Through speech and/or writing, show understanding of the following concepts: Genre, Summaries (objective and concise), Setting*, Author, Date of Publication, Conflict(s)*, Protagonist(s), Round Character*, Flat Character*, Static Character*, Dynamic Character*, narrative point of view*, and implied theme(s)*.
*backed with textual evidence.
You can show understanding of the above concepts within your summaries (three chapter summaries and one summary of entire novel) and/or you can show understanding by filling in the blanks below and on following page.
Read through Chapter Four (“The Rainy River”) and complete the chapter summaries for chapter one, two, and four. Also at this point, do your best at answering all the questions on the first two pages of the reading booklet. When you’re done with book, develop your answers to the questions and write a summary of the entire book.
Title of novel:
Date of Publication:
Narrative point of view:
The answers below must be backed up with textual evidence, calling out page numbers and quotes from book to back up your answers:
Protagonist(s) (age and name):
(call out page numbers and quotes from book to back up your answer.)
Example of a round character:
(explain why he or she is a round character)
Example of a flat character:
(explain why he or she is a flat character)
Example of a static character:
(explain why he or she is a static character)
Example of a dynamic character:
(explain why he or she is a dynamic character)
Setting*: (time and place):
call out page numbers and quotes from book to back up your answer.
Theme(s): (start with words, and then extend into statements or questions)
CHAPTER SUMMARY (Chapter One: “The Things They Carried”: Your summaries should stand alone so anybody would understand them. Start your summary with title of book, author and title of chapter.
The first story in Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried is also called “The Things They Carried” is told in third person and introduces…
CHAPTER SUMMARY (Chapter Two: “Love”):
Start your summary with title of book, author and title of chapter. Make sure you mention the change in narrative point of view.
CHAPTER SUMMARY (Chapter Four: “The Rainy River”):
Plot summary of entire book:
Your summary should stand alone so anybody would understand it. EXAMPLE: SE Hinton’s 1969 The Outsiders is a young adult novel set in Tulsa in the early 60s. Protagonist Ponyboy Curtis is a round and dynamic character who learns… His change and the conflicts help develop one of the main themes of this story…
You may use the following templet:
_____________________________ [title] by _________________________ [author] is a ________________________ [genre] first published in ________________________ [year] and set in three places, ___________________ [state and country of “The Rainy River” the summer just before he goes to war, _________________________ [the country he’s in during the war] and __________________ [the state and country he’s in years after the war] . In “Rainy River”_________________________, the year is ___________________________ and the protagonist is _________________, as revealed on page __________________________: _________________________________ (provide quote from book at calls out the year]. Based on the fact that he went to war in _________________, the years in Vietnam take place in the late ______________ [decade]. The story also takes place years after the war. We know this must be in the late ______________ [decade] because on page ___________________ he states __________________________ [quote from book pointing out age of O’Brien when he’s telling the story or how many years after the war it is.] An example of a flat and static character is ___________________ because________________________________ . An example of a round and dynamic character is ___________________ because_____________________. One conflict in this story is _____________________. By looking at this conflict and the way the dynamic character changes, a theme of this book is revealed:_____________________