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How To Dig Deeper When Teaching the Setting of a Story?

The setting of a story is a very important story element. When we teach the setting, we always ask “Where does the story happen?” and “When does the story happen?” However, the setting of a story has more for us to explore and learn.

Today’s blog post shares some ideas to dig deeper when teaching the setting of a story. There is also a PPT freebie that you can download and try. Basically, there are four types of practice to help your students grasp the setting gradually and thoroughly.

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the setting of a story

1. Identify the Setting

First and foremost, students need to learn how to identify the setting of the story. That is, after reading a short story, they need to know how to answer the two basic questions “Where does the story happen?” and “When does the story happen?” After that, they are encouraged to think about how to describe the setting, and how the setting impacts the story, etc.

For example, in this slide, students need to read a short story and answer two questions.

You may get this slide and more in this freebie, or you may use short stories of your choice.

identify the setting
Slide 6

2. Describe the Setting

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Slide 7
describe the setting 2
Slide 8

After students have gained confidence in identifying the setting, they may move on to try to describe the setting.

Slide 7 provides a picture and some words that may or may not describe the setting in the picture. Students are supposed to look at the picture carefully and then circle the words that can be used to describe the setting in the picture. Besides, they need to come up with more words and write them in empty boxes.

When students have some vocabulary, they are ready to write sentences to describe the setting in the picture, as shown in Slide 8. Therefore, this activity provides scaffolding and will get students ready for the writing activity later.

3. Analyze the Setting

Analyzing the setting of a story requires more thinking than just identifying the setting. Students will first read a story, and then analyze the setting of the story by answering some text-dependent questions. To help students analyze the setting thoroughly and to provide scaffolding, I included different types of questions as you can see below.

Analyze the setting text
Slide 11
analyze the setting questions 1
analyze the setting questions 2

The text is spread out on three slides and it’s about 400 words. It’s perfect for 2nd-grade to 4th-grade students. After the text, there are three questions for students to think about and write or draw to answer.

4. Write About the Setting

Last but not least, this slide asks students to look at a picture carefully, and then write to describe the setting in the picture. If you think your students are not ready for this, then they may work on the “Describe the Setting” (mentioned above) slides first as there is more scaffolding in that activity.

write about the setting
Slide 14


In conclusion, I hope you have found some helpful ideas. You can simply make your own PPT or save your prep time by getting the freebie here. However, if you prefer some ideas about worksheets, you may check out this blog post to get and try out the freebie.

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