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Developing Characterization in Raymond Carver’s “A Small, Good Thing”
|Grades||9 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Three 50-minute sessions|
Grades 6 – 12 | Student Interactive | Inquiry & Analysis
Students can map out the key literary elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution as prewriting for their own fiction or as analysis of a text by another author in this secondary-level interactive.
- TAG Writing Response
- Dynamic vs. Static Characters
- “A Small, Good Thing” Characterization Worksheet
- “A Small, Good Thing” Rubric
- Obtain enough copies of Raymond Carver’s short stories “A Small, Good Thing” and “The Bath” for each of your students.
- Familiarize yourself with TAG response to writing by reviewing the TAG Writing Response handout.
- Make copies or overhead transparencies of the TAG Writing Response, “A Small, Good Thing” Characterization Worksheet, and Dynamic vs. Static Characters handouts.
- Make copies of the “A Small, Good Thing” Rubric.
- Test the Literary Elements Map on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the Technical Support page.