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Activity Overview

The setting of a story doesn't just serve as a backdrop, it can also impact the characters who live there. Jacqueline moved many times throughout her childhood, shaping who she became as an adult. She has lived in Ohio, South Carolina, and Brooklyn, New York. These three locations are all very different, yet she has felt that each is home to her. For this activity, students will describe and illustrate each location and what Jackie’s life was like when she lived there. They should use evidence from the text to support their answers.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a spider map that describes and illustrates the three specific settings of Brown Girl Dreaming.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. Write Ohio, South Carolina, and Brooklyn in each heading.
  3. Create an illustration that represents each heading using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Write a short summary of each heading in the space below the illustration.


Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-6

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Setting Map

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/5] Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/4/3] Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/5/3] Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

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