Torn Apart: Moral Decision Making in Tim O’Brien’s “On the Rainy River”

Torn Apart: Moral Decision Making in Tim O’Brien’s “On the Rainy River”

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Author: Beth Barsness
  1. Discuss and understand Lawrence Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development.
  2. Apply these principles to the short story "On the Rainy River" from The Things They Carried
  3. Have proficient understanding in order to apply these concepts to upcoming literature (e.g. "The Inferno" from The Divine Comedy, The Canterbury Tales, and Crime and Punishment).
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Lesson Plan

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Handouts and Materials

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Lesson Plan (Word document)

"The Heinz Dilemma" (Word document)

Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development (PDF document)

Blank Student Note Taking Chart (PDF document)

Discussion Questions (Word document)


O’Brien, Tim. “On the Rainy River”. The Things They Carried. Mariner Books, 2009.

Definition of morality

Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development by W.C. Crain



Source: Stephanie Hicks

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