Critical Inquiry: Teaching Students to Use Discourse Analysis to Unpack Narratives of the American Soldier in The Things They Carried and Apocalypse Now.

Christopher Williams, English, East Mecklenburg High School

Final Unit(pdf)   Implementing Teaching Standards(pdf)


Students will read the novel The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. They will use literary analysis and class discussion techniques to study parts of the novel in-depth and analyze scenes from the movie Apocalypse Now, Platoon, and The Deer Hunter. Students will be taught how to use the building tasks of discourse analysis to deconstruct meanings and symbols in the screenplay of Apocalypse Now and use Critical Discourse Analysis building task questions to write an analysis of a specific scene.