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

by Susanne Rubenstein

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

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Type Book
Pages 119
Published July 2005
Publisher National Council of Teachers of English

 

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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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Rubenstein, Susanne. 2005. Raymond Carver in the Classroom "A Small, Good Thing." Urbana, IL: NCTE.

 

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