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Developing Characterization in Raymond Carver’s “A Small, Good Thing”

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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
Lesson Author

Patsy Hamby

Patsy Hamby

Dallas, Georgia


National Council of Teachers of English


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Grades   6 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Inquiry & Analysis

Literary Elements Map

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.


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Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 18

Raymond Carver was inducted into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1988.

Students identify characteristics of Carver's work and compare them to other authors, as well as to literary minimalism. Students then write original poems or short stories in minimalist style.


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Professional Library  |  Book

Raymond Carver in the Classroom: “A Small, Good Thing”

Rubenstein offers specific, classroom-tested strategies for teaching Raymond Carver's short stories and poems in the high school English classroom.


Grades   K – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Writing Our Communities: Local Learning and Public Culture

Student engagement with community becomes the centerpiece of the book, an engagement that takes place across disciplines through projects involving history, environment, culture, and much more.


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