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NCTE: Exploring Setting

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students will be introduced to or review the terms setting and mood. Using a set of criteria, the teacher will lead the class in analyzing the setting and mood of examples from popular culture.

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.

Select one or two specific works to use in demonstrating the setting and mood analysis. If you intend to compare the original text to a film interpretation of a work, then the video and necessary equipment should be procured. You also need to prepare a transparency of the "Setting and Mood Chart."

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

    If the students did not complete their SET1.8xv files, they should take the time to record the class analysis in their files. This will become a reference for future exercises in this lesson.

    Quickly recap the analysis steps presented in this lesson, and then clarify any remaining questions the students may have.

    Let the class know that they will continue to examine and analyze settings and moods in the next class meeting using the procedure learned in this activity.