Lesson plan

Lesson 9: Story Truth and Happening Truth

teaches Common Core State Standards W.8.10 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/8/10
teaches Common Core State Standards W.8.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/8/4
teaches Common Core State Standards RL.8.10 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/8/10
teaches Common Core State Standards RL.8.6 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/8/6
teaches Common Core State Standards RL.8.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/8/1
teaches Common Core State Standards W.8.5 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/8/5

Lesson 9: Story Truth and Happening Truth

  • Students read “Good Form” and discuss the controversy surrounding James Frey’s memoir to further explore the concepts of “truth,” “perception,” and “reality.” Note: A Million Little Pieces is not appropriate for students to read in grade 8. The purpose of this lesson is discuss the controversy surrounding the memoir genre. It is not meant to encourage or suggest students read A Million Little Pieces.
  • An audio version of “Good Form” from The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien can be found here.