written by: Marlene Gundlach•edited by: Amanda Grove•updated: 11/1/2009
Studying setting helps students to further study a story and can aid in comprehension. This activity gives readers a chance to take a thorough look at the setting of a story.
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A story's setting helps describe where the story happens and the time it takes place. It answers the questions when and where. The setting of a story can affect the mood of a story and the characters. It can involve the place, time, weather, social condition of the time period, or the atmosphere. When a setting strongly interweaves with the plot of a story, it can aid in comprehension and make the story more interesting to read. The activity below will give students a stronger understanding of setting.
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Choose a Setting
This activity for teaching setting starts with a basic story. By using familiar stories, students can focus on the setting of the story. Offer the follow options:
The Three Little Pigs
The Wizard of Oz
Little Red Riding Hood
Harry Potter Series
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Once students choose a story, they then need to choose one specific setting from the story. They will also need to specifically choose the month and year the setting takes place. To further study the setting, ask students to also tell what time of day the setting is best shown or when the action takes place in the particular setting. They should choose a specific time, and label it as a.m. or p.m.