I like this video because my students were able to watch while a real soldier receives the equipment he needs. Throughout studying the book, we often talk about the literal and figurative things that we each carry. We also talk about how the environment, our age, our beliefs, and our state of mind and being affect how or why we carry these things.
Here, O'Brien talks about getting to the truth through fiction. This is an unusual perspective. Many of my students were interested in the concept because we shared ideas in class about using lies or entrapment or deception to uncover truths. I asked them to talk about movies that created people or events or settings with the intent to expose a message. O' Brien's interview is a great supplement to this discussion.
Wow - that is how I felt when I first went on this site. It literally has hundreds of ideas for teaching the book. It gives lesson plans, supplemental videos, connections to NCTE standards, and capstone project ideas. Check it out!
This is a very good resource for study questions, writing assignments, and journal entries. Teachers may add/delete/modify assignments to meet students of varying levels and abilities. Also, I love emphasizing the point that O'Briend considers the book to be a love story, not a war story. This writer comments on O'Brien's point and my students debate the idea.
Why read metafiction? What is real and what is imaginary? O'Brien refuses to submit to one genre. Like breaking the fourth wall, he literally tells the reader that he has made up stories to reveal a message or create an effect. Thus, the reader becomes an accomplice -- reading what he/she knows is questionable and ambiguous. This short article is best used after the students read the book. The author includes some good quotes and his ideas foster discussion about storytelling.