Narrative Basics Lesson 3: Setting

About Standards
Story - Narrative
Middle years and up
describing setting
environmental description
describing things and objects
physical description
concrete detail
interacting with the world
describing change
evoking history
describing meaning and value
spatial relationships
summary description
Teach students to write more layered descriptions of settings and objects in their stories.
Narratives are almost always set in a physical world of objects and places. In this lesson, we explore different ways we describe setting—not only through concrete physical details, but also behaviour, history, meaning and so on. At the end, we have a checkpoint that combines elements of description. We use snippets from a variety of sources including Jason Reynolds, Erin Entrada Kelly, Tomi Adeyemi, and Tracey Baptiste. This lesson contains 10 activities and will take most students 2-3 hours to complete. UPDATE: If you want to assign individual pages from this lesson, search for "setting activity".
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