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Beyond the Classroom: The Wall That Heals

Beyond the Classroom: The Wall That Heals

Last week, students in Central Catholic's AP English Literature Course visited The Wall That Heals, a traveling exhibit on display in Methuen that features a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile Education Center.

Students looking at the replica of the Wall
Students looking at the replica of the Wall
Students explore the exhibit

The students visited The Wall That Heals after reading and discussing The Things They Carried by novelist Tim O’Brien based on his experiences during the Vietnam War. 

The Things They Carried

The book is a collection of linked short stories about a platoon of American soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War. 

The classwork and exhibit brought together literature, history, ethics, and humanity.

The AP English Literature course is taught by Mr. Michael Clements '94, the Chair of the English Department.

Mr. Michael Clements
AP English Literature graphic

About AP English Literature & Composition (Course #255)

AP English Literature is an accelerated literary studies course designed to foster critical analysis and critical writing at the college level. Students will analyze texts from a variety of historical time periods (medieval age to 21st Century), cultural genres (British, American, Russian, Latino), and literary forms (novel, short story, drama, poetry).

Focusing on techniques fiction writers use to create meaning, students will progress their analysis beyond a study of theme to a study of literary technique. Students will demonstrate learning through contributions to class discussions and through a variety of writing assignments and literature tests.

While students will continue to write analysis essays outside of class, a heavy emphasis is placed on the in-class, on-demand essay. Students must be prepared to read several hours a week to complete course assignments. This course is best suited for students who enjoy analyzing, discussing, and writing about challenging, thought-provoking (and, sometimes, lengthy) texts.

Thank you to Mr. Michael Clements and our outstanding faculty and staff for offering learning opportunities that bring together literature, history, ethics, and humanity.


The Wall That Heals logo

About The Wall That Heals

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) presented The Wall That Heals national tour for 2022. The Wall That Heals exhibit includes a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile Education Center.

The 27th season of The Wall That Heals began on March 24, 2022 in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi and will visit 29 communities during the year.

The traveling exhibit honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the 58,281 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

The Wall That Heals was on display in Methuen around the clock from September 29 – October 2, 2022.

Central Catholic's Call of Faith & Duty

Central Catholic pays tribute to all those from the Central Catholic community who have served or are serving in the military.

Click here to view our Honor Roll listing in Call of Faith & Duty: A Tribute to Veterans.

While we have collected the names of many, we have missed some and have outdated information for others.

Please submit additional names and updated information by clicking here.

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