Importance of Setting in "The Treasure of Lemon Brown"

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The Treasure of Lemon Brown Setting

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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.


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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.
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