Objective: In Chapter 1, "In the Valley of Bones," James Carroll recalls boyhood memories growing up on Air Force bases when he is a would-be flyboy and on the side of anyone in blue. This lesson will discuss innocent patriotism versus the realities of war.
1) Class Discussion: James Carroll recalls boyhood memories growing up on Air Force bases when he is a would-be flyboy and on the side of anyone in blue. Can anyone relate to his innocent patriotism? Why? Why not?
Small Group Activity: How does James' attitude towards the military and war change? What initially causes this change?
Class Discussion: Share the information from the small group activity, as well as student opinion of the military and war.
Homework: Have you ever felt like James, either earlier in his life or after he learns of the realities of war? Explain your answer in a short essay...
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