Lessons & Units

Setting 4th Grade Unit

Lessons

Unit Extension Ideas

  • Have students complete the “How Important is the Setting to the Plot of a Story” graphic organizer for a book they read in Literature Groups or independently. (See Additional Activity A in Teacher and Student Materials below.)
  • Have students change the setting of a book and retell the story based on the new setting. How has the plot changed?
  • Students can create double journal entries. Before they read a story, have them make a prediction about the characters based on the setting from the cover, title, and pictures. As they read, have them continue to make and revise predictions about the characters based on the setting. (See Additional Activity B below.)
  • During independent reading, students should continue to:
    • Identify and explain how setting details affect the plot.
    • Make predictions about characters’ actions based on setting.
    • Discuss how a change in setting would affect the story.
  • Have students write about a favorite activity in two different settings. How do their actions change in each setting? For example: swimming in a pool in the middle of the day and swimming in a pond late at night.
  • Have students rewrite a familiar story (Cinderella) in a new setting and explain how the characters’ actions and plot changed due to the new setting. For instance, have students place Cinderella in a modern setting.
  • Students can write a story. Then, have students work with a partner. Each writer can read part of the story and their partners can make predictions about the setting.
  • When studying history, students can discuss how the time period (when something takes place) helps us predict how people might behave or act.

More Books for Teaching Setting

Go Fish
The Van Gogh Cafe
The Chalk Box Kid
Shoeshine Girl
Smoky Night