This two page handout includes definitions of setting (both immediate and general setting) as well as examples of each in order to ensure clarity. It also informs the students as to the importance of setting in a piece of literature. You can use this handout for virtually ANY text you are using in the classroom. (It also works wonder when doing test prep.)
The second page of the handout is a graphic organizer on which the students are to chart their findings about setting. Using the graphic organizer, they are to refer to the text they are reading and supply evidence of the setting. (This is perfect for a common core aligned classroom!)
Additionally, the students are to analyze, in their own words, the setting. (Again: common core aligned.)
I hope you find make time to use this during every unit! Enjoy!