Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Setting, and supports the standard of describing in depth a setting in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Prompt students to think of a popular movie or book, like Star Wars or Harry Potter. Ask:

  • What kinds of details show when and where the story takes place? 
  • How would the story be different if it took place somewhere else? In a different time period? 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

Step 3: ENGAGE
Students express what they learned about setting while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a trailer for your favorite book. Draw readers in by describing the setting in detail. (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize key details)
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying how setting influences the plot, characters, and theme of your favorite book. (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas)
  • Creative Coding: Code a sorting game challenging players to determine the type of setting different details describe. (Essential Literacy Skill: Make logical inferences from explicit details)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS  

Apply: Students complete a Setting Worksheet, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Setting Quiz. 

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of story elements with these topics: Theme, Story Conflict, and Plot

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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