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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 as is the case in the book The Breadwinner. The story begins about a year and a half after the Taliban has taken control of Kabul, Afghanistan and the main character, Parvana, and her family are living in poverty under the Taliban's oppressive and violent rule. Students will create a setting chart to identify the time and place of the story to gain a deeper understanding of the characters and their situation. Students can use a grid where they can illustrate and describe each aspect of the setting.

The Breadwinner Setting Example

When

The Breadwinner takes place after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in 1996. Parvana says that her mother and sister have not left the house in a year and a half. The Taliban forbade women to leave the house unattended. Therefore the time period is about 1997 or the late 1990s.

Where

The book takes place in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. Kabul has been devastated by the war and most people live in poverty. At one point, Parvana's mother and siblings go to Mazar-e Sharif, a city to the north that has not yet fallen under Taliban control.


Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a storyboard identifying the settings in the book The Breadwinner.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the time and place for the novel The Breadwinner.
  3. Add appropriate scenes, items, textables, etc. to illustrate each setting.
  4. Write a description for each cell.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

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.

Rubric

(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)


Setting Map Rubric #1
Evaluate your setting map using the criteria stated in the rubric below.
Proficient
20 Points
Emerging
15 Points
Beginning
10 Points
Setting Description
The student effectively describes the setting by identifying the place, time, and atmosphere.
The student describes two elements of the setting.
The student describes only one aspect of the setting.
Role of Setting
The student effectively identifies how the setting contributes to the development of plot, characters, mood, and theme.
The student is able to identify how the setting contributes to the development of two aspects of the novel: plot, characters, mood, or theme.
The student is able to identify how the setting contributes to the development of one aspect of the novel: plot, characters, mood, or theme.
Shifts in Setting
The student identifies how the setting shifts and the effect this change has on plot, character, mood and theme development.
The student is able to identify how the setting shifts, and the effect this shift has on two aspects of the development of the novel (plot, character, mood, or theme).
The student is able to identify how the setting shifts, and the effect this shift has on one aspect of the development of the novel (plot, character, mood, or theme).
Appearance
Final product contains accurate visual depictions of setting and characters.
Final product demonstrates an effort to accurately portray settings and characters though some aspects are confusing and/or inaccurate.
Final product contains irrelevant images.
Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation
Final product is free of spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors.
Final product contains up to three errors in spelling, punctuation, or grammar that do not alter the meaning of the text.
Final product contains more than three errors in spelling, punctuation, or grammar.


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