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NCTE: Assessing Setting

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students will develop original settings using the same process they practiced in the previous two activities to write their setting elements. Using these elements to write brief setting sketches, they will then exchange and assess each other?s work.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the NoteFolio(tm) App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Review the terms setting and mood

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the NoteFolio(tm) file(s) to your class using TI Connect(tm) and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Comprehend setting and mood.
  • Analyze a short story to identify setting and the mood it creates.
  • Develop their own detailed settings.
  • Write short setting sketches.
  • Identify and evaluate the literary element of setting in professional models and peer writing.
  • After the Activity

    When the class has finished their peer assessments, the assessment files should be returned to the writer(s) for review. Give the class time to read the assessments and to quietly discuss the results with the reviewers. If time permits, ask volunteers to read their setting sketches aloud. Query each volunteer about the inspiration for the setting they created.

    If you are using this lesson as preparation for the students to create their own narrative stories, it would be good to reintroduce story elements already studied in class and discuss how these elements work together to build a story. (Students will do this formally in the "Narrative Literature and Composition" lesson.) Artistically inclined students can also sketch their settings to visually enhance their verbal sketches.