Analyzing the Setting


ELAR-Grade-4 Literary Genres Analyzing the Setting
Students identify the setting of a photo of an astronaut in space. Then, they read and respond to a passage from a classic children’s book with a distinct setting. Next, they explain how setting influences plot. Finally, they apply what they have learned to a story they know and like.

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Overview

In this experience, students identify the setting of a photo of an astronaut in space. Then, they read and respond to a passage from a classic children’s book with a distinct setting. Next, they explain how setting influences plot. Finally, they apply what they have learned to a story they know and like.

Objectives

  • Identify the setting of a work of fiction.
  • Explain how the setting influences the plot.

Duration

One class period.

Vocabulary Words in Hans Brinker excerpt

  • Dame: Mrs.
  • labor: work
  • peat: a cheap fuel made from moss-like matter
  • services: things one person does for another
  • current: (1) happening now; (2) a flow of water
  • satchel: book bag
  • splendid: very fine


The setting of a story is the time and place where it occurs. In this experience, you will find out how the setting is important to a story.

Objectives

  • Identify the setting of a work of fiction.
  • Explain how the setting influences the plot.


astronaut outside the International Space Station orbiting Earth

Look at the photo above.


Where does the photo take place? When does it take place? (You don’t have to give an exact location or an exact date.) Answer both questions, using complete sentences.

Post your answer

If you answered correctly, you have identified the setting of the photo. Now go to the next scene and learn about the settings of stories.


Discuss student responses. The setting is outer space, in orbit above Earth. The time is during a recent decade, when the International Space Station existed. (Its first piece was launched in November 1998.)

Students do not need to identify the space station specifically. “During the age of space flight” can be considered a correct answer.


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