Lessons & Units :: Setting 2nd Grade Unit

Lesson 1: Changing Setting in a Story

Lesson Plan

Bigmama's | 550L

Learning Goal
Identify changes in a setting using textual evidence.
Approximately 50 minutes
Necessary Materials
Provided: Example Chart, Independent Practice Worksheet
Not Provided: Bigmama’s by Donald Crews, chart paper, markers
  • Teacher Modeling

    will explain that the setting of a story is where and when the story takes place and that we look at the text and pictures in a story to determine the setting. I will explain that in most stories the setting does not stay the same throughout the book and by paying attention to how the setting changes, we can understand the story better. I will model using the text, clue words and pictures to determine the setting at the beginning of Bigmama’s by Donald Crews. I will read the book aloud (stopping at page 12), discussing and charting (example provided) the evidence from the book that helps me determine the setting. (See Direct Teaching and Guided Practice Teacher Example Chart in Teacher and Student Materials below.) I will discuss how and why the setting changes up to page 12.

    TIP: Support student understanding by explicitly identifying changes in setting according to the beginning, middle, and end of the story.

  • Think Check

    Ask: How did I determine the setting changes in the book? Students should respond that as you read, you charted where and when the story was taking place on each page. You then thought about how and why the setting changed in the story.

  • Guided Practice

    will use the text, clue words and pictures to identify and chart the setting and how the setting changes throughout the rest of the book. (Direct Teaching and Guided Practice Teacher Example Chart is provided below.)

  • Independent Practice

    will use clue words to identify the setting in various parts of a new book. You will identify three different settings in the book and explain how you knew the setting changed in the story. (Student Independent Practice provided below.)


    The Independent Practice can be completed using a new read aloud book or with a leveled guided reading book. Make sure that the book chosen for the Independent Practice has at least three clear settings, such as How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman, Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown, Someplace Else by Carol P. Saul, or The Moon Ring by Randy Deburke.

Build Student Vocabulary lane

Tier 2 Word: lane
Contextualize the word as it is used in the story When the children are riding in uncle Slank’s car, they “crossed back over the train tracks, a turn or two along the red dirt road, and onto the lane in front of Bigmama’s house.”
Explain the meaning student-friendly definition) A lane is a narrow street. When uncle Slank pulled his car onto the lane in front of Bigmama’s, he parked his car on the narrow road in front of her house.
Students repeat the word Say the word lane with me: lane.
Teacher gives examples of the word in other contexts I walked on the lane to get from one building to another. The lane was between pretty rows of flowers. The fast roller skaters have their own lane at the rink.
Students provide examples Have you ever walked or rode in a lane? What did you see near the lane? Start by saying, “On the lane, I saw __________________.”
Students repeat the word again. What word are we talking about? lane
Additional Vocabulary Words shed, stable

Build Student Background Knowledge

Pause at page 10, when the narrator observes the record player. Explain that a record player is a machine that plays music from records. Records are like big CDs or discs that carry musical information. Show a picture of a record player, a boom box, and an MP3 (Ipod) docking station. Explain that the technology we use to play music has changed over time. Bigmama's house must be very old to have a record player.

Texts & Materials

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User Comments

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