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 the book Sylvia & Aki. In this activity, students will illustrate and describe the where and when of the novel. The template provided has room for two different stories, so students can describe both Sylvia and Aki's stories, or teachers may ask them to focus on one of the stories.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a storyboard identifying the different settings in the book Sylvia & Aki.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the settings in Sylvia & Aki.
  3. In the "time" and "place" rows, use evidence from the text to describe the different settings in both Sylvia's and Aki's stories.
  4. Add appropriate scenes, items, textables, etc. to illustrate your points.
  5. Write a description for each cell.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-6

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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