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When Less IS More—Understanding Minimalist Fiction

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When Less IS More—Understanding Minimalist Fiction

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

Susanne Rubenstein

Susanne Rubenstein

Princeton, Massachusetts


National Council of Teachers of English


Student Interactives

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Professional Library



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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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.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 21

Novelist Ernest Hemingway was born on this day in 1899.

Students examine the ways different authors treat the subject of war in their writing and compare and contrast using the Venn Diagram interactive.


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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.


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