Middle-school students need to go beyond the simple identification of a story's setting. "Where" and "when" are the basics; but beyond this, the setting has a definite impact on the plot of a story. Any novel depends on its setting if the events of the plot are to happen precisely as they do. Change the setting, and the novel itself changes.
Students can practice close reading skills with this lesson. It includes a brief review of the term "setting" and a literary example of setting from the novel Number the Stars.
Next, students list their own setting examples. This is followed by two options for further development: one writing activity, and one literary analysis activity.
This presentation can also be used as a literacy center activity for individuals or small groups. Strengthen students' awareness of literary details through this lesson!
This resource is created by Stephen Campbell.