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Using Picture Books to Teach Setting Development in Writing Workshop
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After reading Water Hole Waiting by Jane Kurtz and Christopher Kurtz, or ...

After reading Water Hole Waiting by Jane Kurtz and Christopher Kurtz, or another book that has a well-developed setting, students work as a class to chart the use of the three elements of setting in the story, using specific words and examples from the text. Students then discuss the techniques that the book’s author used to develop the setting, making observations and drawing conclusions about how authors make the setting they write about vivid and believable. Next, students work in small groups to analyze the setting in another picture book, using an online graphic organizer. Finally, students apply what they have learned about how authors develop good settings to a piece of their own writing.

Subject:
English Language Arts
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Lesson
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International Literacy Association/ National Council of Teachers of English
Date Added:
01/01/2015