CliffsNotes on O'Brien's The Things They Carried

CliffsNotes on O'Brien's The Things They Carried

The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. In CliffsNotes on The Things They Carried, you discover Tim O'Brien's powerful and innovative novel about the experiences of foot soldiers during and after the Vietnam War. Drawing largely on his own experiences during the war, the author creates a fictional protagonist who shares the author's own name, and allows this fictional "Tim O'Brien" to relate disturbing war stories as he creates an indictment against the wastefulness of war. Chapter summaries and commentaries take you through Tim O'Brien's very personal journey. Critical essays give you insight into the novel's historical context, the novel's narrative structure, and the theme of loss of innocence. Other features that help you study include Character analyses of the main characters A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters A section on the life and background of Tim O'Brien A review section that tests your knowledge A Resource Center full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites Classic literature or modern-day treasure—you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

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The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien (SuperSummary)

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SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides for challenging works of literature. This 62-page guide for "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien includes detailed story summaries and analysis covering 22 stories, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis. Featured content includes commentary on major characters, 25 important quotes, essay topics, and key themes like Self-Blame in Response to Death and Talking as a Way of Processing Trauma.

CliffsNotes Praxis II English Subject Area Assessments (0041/5041, 0043, 0044/5044, 0048, 0049/5049,5142) 2nd Edition

CliffsNotes Praxis II English Subject Area Assessments (0041/5041, 0043, 0044/5044, 0048, 0049/5049,5142) 2nd Edition

Your guide to a higher score on Praxis II: English Subject Areas The Praxis II English Subject Area Assessment tests are designed to assess whether an examinee has the broad base of knowledge and competencies necessary to be licensed as a beginning English teacher in a variety of school settings. The various exams, some multiple-choice questions and some essay format, cover reading and understanding text, language and linguistics, and composition and rhetoric. CliffsNotes Praxis II: English Subject Area Assessments includes question-type reviews, subject reviews, and six model practice tests for each of the Praxis II English tests that a variety of would-be English teachers need to pass to be certified. Includes subject reviews of all test topics 6 practice tests, one for each Praxis II English test Proven strategies from the experts at CliffsNotes If you're an aspiring teacher looking to take the Praxis II English test, CliffsNotes is your ticket to scoring high at exam time.

CliffsNotes on Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms

CliffsNotes on Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms

The original CliffsNotes study guides offer a look into key elements and ideas within classic works of literature. The latest generation of titles in this series also features glossaries and visual elements that complement the familiar format. CliffsNotes on Farewell to Arms explores a potent and memorable love story set against the historical and geographical background of World War I. Following the growth of a rakish, indifferent soldier into a mature man capable of real love for the worldly-wise nurse who falls for him, this study guide provides summaries and critical commentaries for each chapter within the intense and descriptive novel. Other features that help you figure out this important work include Personal background on author Ernest Hemingway, including honors and awards Introduction to and synopsis of the books Character analyses of primary figures Frederick Henry and Catherine Barkley Critical essays on weather symbolism and Hemingway’s influence Review section that features fill-in-the-blank questions, quoted passages, and suggested essay topics and practice projects Resource Center with books, articles, video and audio recordings, and websites that can help round out your knowledge Classic literature or modern-day treasure—you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

Armed with Abundance

Consumerism and Soldiering in the Vietnam War

Armed with Abundance

Popular representations of the Vietnam War tend to emphasize violence, deprivation, and trauma. By contrast, in Armed with Abundance, Meredith Lair focuses on the noncombat experiences of U.S. soldiers in Vietnam, redrawing the landscape of the war so that swimming pools, ice cream, visits from celebrities, and other "comforts" share the frame with combat. To address a tenuous morale situation, military authorities, Lair reveals, wielded abundance to insulate soldiers--and, by extension, the American public--from boredom and deprivation, making the project of war perhaps easier and certainly more palatable. The result was dozens of overbuilt bases in South Vietnam that grew more elaborate as the war dragged on. Relying on memoirs, military documents, and G.I. newspapers, Lair finds that consumption and satiety, rather than privation and sacrifice, defined most soldiers' Vietnam deployments. Abundance quarantined the U.S. occupation force from the impoverished people it ostensibly had come to liberate, undermining efforts to win Vietnamese "hearts and minds" and burdening veterans with disappointment that their wartime service did not measure up to public expectations. With an epilogue that finds a similar paradigm at work in Iraq, Armed with Abundance offers a unique and provocative perspective on modern American warfare.

Children's Books in Print, 2007

An Author, Title, and Illustrator Index to Books for Children and Young Adults

Children's Books in Print, 2007


Mini-lessons for Literature Circles

Mini-lessons for Literature Circles

Harvey Daniels' Literature Circles introduced tens of thousands of teachers to the power of student-led book discussions. Nancy Steineke's Reading and Writing Together showed how a teacher can nurture friendship and collaboration among young readers. Now, Daniels and Steineke team up to focus on one crucial element of the Literature Circle model; the short, teacher-directed lessons that begin, guide and follow-up every successful book club meeting. Mini-lessons are the secret to book clubs that click. Each of these forty-five short, focused, and practical lessons includes Nancy and Harvey's actual classroom language and is formatted to help busy teachers with point-by-point answers to the questions they most frequently ask. How can I: steer my students toward deeper comprehension? get kids interested in each others' ideas? make sure kids choose just-right books? help students schedule their reading and meeting time? deal with kids who don't do the reading? get kids to pay more attention to literary style and structure? help special education and ELL students to participate actively in book clubs? get kids to expand their repertoire of reading strategies? make sure groups are on-task when I'm not looking over their shoulder? introduce writing tools (including role sheets) that support student discussion?. help shy or dominating members get the right amount of "airtime?" give grades for book clubs without ruining the fun? use scientific research to justify the classroom time I spend on literature circles? Each mini-lesson spells out everything from the time and materials needed to word-by-word instructions for students. The authors even warn "what could go wrong," helping teachers to avoid predictable management problems. With abundant student examples, reproducible forms, photographs of kids in action, and recommended reading lists, Mini-lessons for Literature Circles helps you deepen student book discussions, create lifelong readers, and build a respectful classroom community.

Images of the Heart and Mind for Einstein

Images of the Heart and Mind for Einstein

This book is a declaration of the power of the imagination. The manifestation of the imagination transcends the literal, concrete conclusions that knowledge often verifies. Poetry and photographs, especially B&Wits the imageoffer a moment to think, wonder, ponder and question reality and the power of the human spirit. We contemplate something we may have not considered before the moment, and those moments present the opportunity to grow, even just a little. Einstein knew it and believed. Its about holding a moment in our heart and mind, like the laugh of a child, a song, an embrace, a discovery, a revelation that stays with you forever and sometimes makes the world a little brighter. Endorsements The poetry and photography in Brooks new collection range from gentle to sophisticated to universally personal. Its what poetry and photography should be. Martin Naparsteck, author of, SEX AND MANIOFEST DESTINY Rarely, these days, do I find myself so unabashedly moved by something, so happy to have opened a book (FRONT STREET). Tim OBrien, author of, THE THINGS THEY CARRIED

Tim O'Brien

Tim O'Brien

"Tim O'Brien, the recipient of many of America's most esteemed literary prizes, is best known for his writing about America's Vietnam experience. O'Brien's interest grows out of his tour of duty as an infantry soldier in the Vietnam War, his moral opposition to this war, and the guilt he felt after serving. If I Die in a Combat Zone, Going After Cacciato, The Things They Carried, Northern Lights, The Nuclear Age, and In the Lake of the Woods, all stem from O'Brien's own life stories, and are directly or indirectly about the Vietnam War. But to consider O'Brien only as a "war writer" would be to miss the depth and universality of his writing. The moral and physical terrain of Vietnam serves as a heightened setting in which O'Brien explores the nature of truth, the function of memory and imagination, the possibility of moral courage, and the power of love." "O'Brien doesn't try to provide answers to complex moral questions or human motivation. Instead, he uncovers mystery and ambiguity, and leads his readers to search for "story truth" - that is, emotional truth - and to explore his stories from different angles."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved