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Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
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|
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)
Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.
- The Raymond Carver Website
- What We Talk About When We Talk About Carver
- History of Popular Mechanics
- Popular Mechanics Online
- 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.