As we read Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, you will be responsible for writing one journal response, a paragraph long, for each vignette that you read. You will be given prompts for each vignette to respond to. Spelling and grammar WILL count as a part of your grade. Every 4 journals will count as a quiz grade, and the complete collection of journal entries will be worth 2 test grades. You can also anticipate reading checks when you are assigned vignettes to read on your own.
You may hand-write your journal entries, or you may type them. Remember that each response should be at least one paragraph long. Just know that I will be collecting them every 4 entries, except for the final entry, which is worth a quiz grade on its own. J
JOURNAL ENTRY PROMPTS
· The Things They Carried
Journal 1- List the soldiers mentioned and the things each of them carried. Why do these matter?
Journal 2- Do you think Martha will come back for Lieutenant Cross? Why or why not? Explain.
Journal 3- How do you cope with stress? Does this help you? Why or why not?
· On the Rainy River
Journal 4- Do you think Tim made the right or wrong decision in going to war? Explain your reasoning.
***First 4 journals collected on Monday, April 13th, 2015 (D Day) ***
· Enemies and Friends
Journal 5- What did Jensen finally do to resolve the conflict between him and Strunk? Did this actually resolve the conflict?
· How to Tell a True War Story
Journal 6- Is it acceptable to invent scenes or dialogue when writing a memoir? Why or why not?
· The Dentist
Journal 7- How did Curt Lemon’s visit to the dentist affect him? Why?
· Sweetheart of Song Tra Bong
Journal 8- How does O’Brien use figurative language such as imagery, simile, and metaphor to enhance the story in this vignette?
***Second 4 journals collected on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 (B Day)***
Journal 9- What did Dobbins do with his pantyhose when his girlfriend dumped him? Why did he do this?
Journal 10- What do the monks help Dobbins do? Explain why this is important.
· The Man I Killed
Journal 11- Why do you think Tim makes up a life story about the man?
Journal 12- Why did Tim lie to his daughter about whether or not he killed anyone in the war? Do you think it is common for soldiers to lie about the amount of death they’ve seen or created? Explain your reasoning.
***Third 4 journals collected on Monday, April 27th, 2015 (B Day) ***
Journal 13- Do you think the girl’s dancing was a ritual? Why or why not?
· Speaking of Courage
Journal 14- What do you think has been Norman Bowker’s biggest loss as a result of the war? Explain why you feel this way.
Journal 15- How do you feel, knowing Tim O’Brien’s confession about Bowker? What do you think is the most important thing Tim says about this? Why?
· In the Field
· Journal 16- Choose one of the soldiers in the field the night _____ dies and write a condolence letter from that character to his family.
***Fourth 4 journals collected on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 (D Day) ***
· Good Form
Journal 17- Explain the difference between "story-truth" and "happening-truth." Which one do you think is truer? Why?
· Field Trip
Journal 18- What is the change brought about in Tim by his action in the river? How do you think this impacts him?
· The Ghost Soldiers
Journal 19- Identify at least three themes explored in The Things They Carried. Explain why this are important to the story as a whole.
· Night Life
Journal 20- Explain Rat Kiley’s injury. Do you think the platoon was right in not questioning his bravery? Why or why not? Explain.
***Fifth 4 journals collected on Monday, May 11th, 2015 (D Day) ***
· The Lives of the Dead
Journal 21- **Worth a quiz grade by itself!**
Make a list of emotions you felt while reading the book. Why did you feel this way? Which characters and scenes did you relate to, and which were strange or difficult to comprehend? Was the ending of the book satisfying? Comforting? Disturbing? Why?
***Final journal collected on Monday, May 11th, 2015 (D Day) ***
Ms. Barbour is an 11th grade English and Poetry teacher at Franklin High School.