Activity Overview

The setting of a story is the location and time, or the where and when. Settings often play a crucial role especially in the case of historical fiction or when there are multiple places and timelines as is the case in Refugee by Alan Gratz. In order to help students keep track of each setting, they can create a storyboard that describes the where and when of each setting.. The template provided allows for multiple settings, and students can add or remove as necessary. This is also a great assignment for students to do research about the time periods in which each story takes place in order to better understand their historical context beyond what is provided in the novel.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a storyboard identifying the different settings in the book, Refugee.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the three main settings in Refugee.
  3. In the "time" and "place" rows, use evidence from the text to describe the three different settings and the characters' journeys.
  4. Add appropriate scenes, items, textables, etc. to illustrate your points.
  5. Write a description for each cell.
  6. Save often!

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Setting Map

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/3] Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/1] Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/7] Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/9] Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.

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