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Activity Overview


Settings help to bring the reader into the story and help make the words on the page come alive. When the setting and characters change in a story, it signals to the reader that the story is progressing and that action is taking place. In "The Treasure of Lemon Brown", the readers are introduced to a young boy named Greg who lives in New York City. As the setting changes in the story from his home to an abandoned building, so does Greg. Readers often notice that the mood of a character changes with the setting. The mood is reflective and plays off all aspects of the story.

A great activity to do with your students is to have them create a setting map, which allows students visualize Greg’s setting. Using the text boxes below, they can find direct quotes that explain the mood in the setting.


Kitchen

  • Mood: Annoyed
  • The story begins in the kitchen of Greg, who is sure he is going to be grounded by his father for doing poorly in a class at school.
  • Greg’s dad is upset with him over his poor grades, and as his father lectures him Greg feels annoyed. Instead of going upstairs to study, he leaves the house.

Street

  • Mood: Upset
  • Shows the dark, dangerous street as he walks around in the dark.
  • Greg thinks about not being able to play basketball, and he thinks about his father's lecture.

Building

  • Curious
  • The story gets more exciting in the abandoned, run-down building in which Lemon Brown is squatting.
  • Greg begins to talk to Lemon Brown and learns that every man has a treasure.

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/L/6/5] Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings
  • [ELA-Literacy/L/7/3] Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening


Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)



Student Instructions

Create a setting map of the different settings in "The Treasure of Lemon Brown".


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the setting.
  3. Use quotes to describe the mood of the setting.
  4. Illustrate each setting with a variety of scenes, characters, and items
  5. Save and submit the assignment.


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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