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Tell Me More: Characters, Settings, and Events

Characters, settings, and events, oh my! In this lesson, students will dig deeper into each of these components and learn to provide specific details from their texts.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to select and describe characters, settings, and events in detail, using specific examples.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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Introduction

(5 minutes)
Describing Characters, Settings, and Events
  • Gather the students together.
  • Write "character," "setting," and "events" on the board.
  • Talk through each, asking students to explain what they are and why they are important for reading.
  • Remind your students that a character is an actor, such as a person or animal in a story. Tell your students that a setting is where and when the story happens, and an event is something that happens in the story.

Beginning

  • Provide and post student-friendly definitions in English and L1 of the following words: "character," "setting," and "event." Include images when applicable.

Intermediate

  • Show students pictorial or real examples of characters, settings, and events in familiar stories.
  • Allow students to Think-Pair-Share with a partner before contributing to the whole-class discussion.