The new Common Core standards call for increased rigor in text analysis. The activities included here will help students understand how the settings impact the main character and events in a story. In the CCSS, setting is not listed after first grade, but second and some third grade students still need to practice identifying the setting.. Students will identify settings through different response activities. Each activity has a task card for students and a blackline printable for responding. All activities included may be used with any fiction text.
Story Setting Web
Story Setting Chart
Story Setting Poster
Story Settings Compare and Contrast
Story Settings Evidence Chart
Story Settings Sequence
Common Core State Standards
K.RL.3 With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
1.RL.3 Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
2.RL.3 Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
3.RL.3 Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Note These activities are designed for primary readers. They may be too basic for more advanced third grade readers, but are appropriate for less-accomplished third graders. Kindergarten students would benefit from doing the enclosed activities during whole group or guided small group instruction.
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