Lesson 1 (from Prologue and Chapters 1-3)
Prologue and Chapters 1 - 3
In this section, the reader meets Andrew X. Pham, the narrator of the memoir, as he describes himself in vivid detail. The objective of this lesson is for students to explore the personality of Andrew X. Pham, and to discuss whether or not his life is unique enough to warrant a memoir.
1.) Class Activity: As a class, create a list of adjectives used to describe Andrew X. Pham. Can you trust the author's description of himself? Does he seem like a reliable narrator? Why or why not?
2.) Class Discussion: As a class, compare / contrast Andrew's memories of life in Vietnam with his memories of life in America. What is the same about these memories? What is different? In what way has this conflict between personal histories shaped Andrew as a man?
3.) Class Debate: Based on the first few chapters of the...
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