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When Less IS MoreUnderstanding Minimalist Fiction
|Grades||9 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Five 50-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- “Cat in the Rain” in The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway by Ernest Hemingway (Scribner’s, 1987)
- “Little Things” in Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories by Raymond Carver (Vintage Contemporaries, 1989)
- “The Bath” in What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver (Vintage Books, 1989) (optional)
- McInerney, Jay, 1989. "Raymond Carver: A Still, Small Voice." New York Times Book Review (August 6): 1, 24–25. (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.
- Basic Qualities of Minimalist Fiction
- Reasons for the Development and Continued Popularity of Minimalism
- Student Assessment/Reflections
- Obtain copies of "Cat in the Rain" by Ernest Hemingway and "Little Things" by Raymond Carver.
- If you would like to use more than one Carver story in this lesson (see #11 under “Instruction and Activities - Session One”), obtain copies of another short Carver story. One excellent choice is "The Bath."
- Familiarize yourself with biographical information on Hemingway and Carver in order to talk about the different time periods in which each story was written. Some useful Websites are listed in the Resources section.
- Prepare copies of the Reflection Sheet for students’ self-assessment.
- Test the Venn Diagram 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.