A Farewell to Arms: Shaping Fact for Fiction

Clips from the documentary Hemingway by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick reveal how Ernest Hemingway incorporated his own war experiences in A Farewell to Arms. Young writers then take an experience from their own lives and craft it as a work of fiction.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Instructors should read carefully the Teacher Guide linked in the Included Materials of this review to determine if the collection is appropriate for their classrooms
  • Use the video before or after reading the novel
Classroom Considerations
  • The resource is from the PBS "Ken Burns in the Classroom"
  • Preparation requires copies
  • Teacher support materials include pre and post-viewing materials
  • Provides support materials
  • None