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Knowledge and Skills Statement

Multiple genres: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts--literary elements. The student recognizes and analyzes literary elements within and across increasingly complex traditional, contemporary, classical, and diverse literary texts.

After reading a story, consider the following:

  • Ask students to draw the setting.
  • Ask students to name and describe the setting (what it looked like, how it influenced the story, how they know).
  • Give students three choices to identify the location of the setting (e.g., “Does the setting take place in the zoo, park, or forest?”).
  • Ask students to explain how the story would be different if the setting changed.

The range of responses can vary, so it is helpful to have a rubric to determine mastery of the skill.

  1. The student is unable to name the setting.
  2. The student is able to give the name of the setting in simplistic terms (e.g., outside or inside).
  3. The student is able to name the setting, explain how he figured it out, and describe with detail what the setting looks like (e.g., a park with swings, lots of kids, a sidewalk, slide, and giant tree).
  4. The student is able to describe the setting in great detail and explain how the story would be different if the setting changed.
Setting is the time, place, and circumstances in which something occurs or develops.