ERIC Number: ED390064
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov-17
Winning Hearts and Minds with the Literature of the Vietnam War.
Johannessen, Larry R.
Suggesting that teaching the literature of the Vietnam War can enliven literature study in the middle and secondary school classroom, this paper explains why this literature can have such a powerful impact on students, and how teaching it fosters students' responses to literature. The paper begins with a discussion of why students should study and why teachers should teach the literature of the Vietnam War. The paper next discusses the four main types of literature that have emerged in response to the Vietnam War: the combat narrative; literature that focuses on the war at home; novels that deal with the refugee experience; and works that focus on the legacies of the Vietnam War. The paper then discusses the "why, what, and how" of teaching Vietnam literature, focusing on specific assignments and works of literature in each of the four main types of Vietnam War literature. The paper also examines students' responses to such literature and discusses what these responses reveal. An appendix presents a 36-item annotated bibliography of Vietnam War literature, classroom activities, and writing assignments. Contains 48 references. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Mini-workshop presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (85th, San Diego, CA, November 16-21, 1995).