Analyzing the Setting


ELAR-Grade-6 Literary Genres Analyzing the Setting
Students identify the setting of a photo of the New York skyline. Then, they read and respond to a passage from a novel with a distinct setting. Next, they explain how setting influences plot and character. 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 the New York skyline. Then, they read and respond to a passage from a novel with a distinct setting. Next, they explain how setting influences plot and character. 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 character development.
  • Analyze how the setting influences plot development.

Duration

One class period. You may choose to have students read the passage before beginning the experience.

Vocabulary Words in “Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc”

  • patriot: someone who is proud of his or her country
  • burden: a serious or difficult responsibility
  • revelation: (1) something secret that is suddenly shown; (2) the act of revealing something
  • resolved: decided
  • apparently: seemingly
  • deceiving: tricking; acting dishonestly
  • distinct: standing out from other things
  • paralyzed: unable to move
  • confront: to face head-on
  • awe: wonder mixed with fear
  • immortal: living forever
  • ignorant: lacking knowledge
  • authority: power to make decisions
  • carriage: way of carrying oneself
  • accomplished: completed successfully


The setting of a story is the time and place where it occurs. In this experience, you will find out how the setting can be critical to character and plot development.

Objectives

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


New York City skyline with Statue of Liberty

Look at the photo above.


What is the location shown? What historical period is shown? (You don’t have to give 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. Their wording will vary; for example, “New York” or “Statue of Liberty.” The time of the setting is not identified clearly, but it is the 20th or 21st century.


When everyone is ready to continue, unlock the next scene.

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