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The Importance of Titles: From Big Blank Space to Small Good Thing

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The Importance of Titles: From Big Blank Space to Small Good Thing

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Susanne Rubenstein

Susanne Rubenstein

Princeton, Massachusetts

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Printouts

Websites

Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

  • Copies of “Little Things” in Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories by Raymond Carver (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1988)

  • Copies of “Popular Mechanics” in What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver (Knopf, 1981)

  • Copies of “Distance”  in Furious Seasons and Other Stories by Raymond Carver (Capra Press, 1977)

  • Copies of “Everything Stuck to Him” in What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver (Knopf, 1981)

  • Copies of the essay “What We Talk About When We Talk About Carver” by David Carpenter  (optional)

  • Copies of the short story “A Rose for Emily” in These 13 by William Faulkner (1931) (optional)

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Venn Diagram

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.

 

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PRINTOUTS

Essay Writing: Writer’s Checklist

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WEBSITES

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PREPARATION

  • Obtain copies of “Little Things,” “Popular Mechanics,” “Distance,” and “Everything Stuck to Him” by Raymond Carver.

  • Optional: Obtain copies of the essay “What We Talk About When We Talk About Carver” by David Carpenter and the short story “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner.

  • Familiarize yourself with biographical information on Carver to provide background to the stories. Useful Websites are listed in Resources section.

  • Familiarize yourself with the magazine Popular Mechanics and some information about its history and content using the Websites in the Resources section.

  • Prepare a copy of Essay Writing: Writer’s Checklist for each student.

  • Between Sessions 1 and 2, prepare an overhead transparency of selected student responses to stimulate class discussion.

  • Test the Venn Diagram tool 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.

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