This is a set of thirty task cards for practicing the story element of setting. Students use close reading and look for text based evidence to determine details of a story's setting. A good variety of activities make these cards appealing to students and allow them to really understand the concept of setting and see how it adds to a story.
Here are some of the activities included:
- identify the time, place, and duration from a passage
- list the clues to setting in a passage
- write a story based on a pictured setting
- answer setting questions
- recall stories read with particular types of settings
- infer the time and place from an image
- find settings of a map
- complete a setting chart
- identify the setting in news articles
All three elements of setting are addressed - place, time, and duration. Also, both fiction and non-fiction examples are included to give students practice using setting information to enhance reading comprehension with various types of readings.
The cards are a large, half-page size with content and illustrations designed for middle school and upper elementary kids. The variety of activities makes them perfect for differentiating with students of different abilities and students who work at different rates. The cards work well for individual or group work, and for review activities, class games like Scoot or Footloose, or quick assessments.
Delving into one story elements such as setting is a great way to help students develop their reading comprehension as well as their own writing skills. The cards support the Reading Anchor Standards and the Reading: Literature Standards.
For more task cards, on story elements and other language arts topics, see: Task Cards.
From Classroom in the Middle