Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-3)
The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen, is the story of an unnamed Communist spy who flees to the United States after the Fall of Saigon with the General he has been assigned to spy on. Chapter 1 opens with the narrator writing his confession to the commandant from an isolation cell. Objectives for this lesson include researching Vietnamese history and the setting of the novel and identifying and discussing the narrative and language styles established in Chapter 1.
Research Activity: Conduct research on the Vietnam War and the Fall of Saigon. When did the war begin? What was the U.S. involvement in the war? What was the Soviet involvement in the war? When did the U.S. pull out of Vietnam? What were the impacts of the Fall of Saigon?
Group Assignment: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each. As a group, discuss your research and...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.1, 9-10.6, 9-10.10, 11-12.1, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
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