6th Grade - Analyze How Setting Affects A Problem And Resolution

 
     
 
     
 
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Stories and Literature
Analyze how setting affects a problem and resolution
Analyze the influence of setting on the problem and its resolution.
Explain how a story’s setting affects the problems and resolution in a story.
 

Sample Problems

(1)

What is the term for the time and place where a story takes place? (Setting)


(2)

What is the term for the events in a story? (plot)


(3)

What is the term for a problem in a story? (conflict)


(4)

What is the term for the solution to the problems? (resolution)


(5)

Make a quick list of settings from stories and novels you have read.


(6)

Does the time and place of a story affect the problems in the story and how they are solved? Give examples (e.g. survival stories).


(7)

If you changed the setting of certain stories, would it greatly affect how the story unfolds? Explain.

Learning Tips

(1)

Read this excerpt from Island of the Blue Dolphins. (http://www.alanbrown.com/JustForKids/Previews/Preview116.html)

 

There are no trees on the island except the small ones stunted by the wind. When a log came ashore, as happened once in a long time, it was always carried to the village and worked on where a chance wave could not wash it away. That the men were sent to hollow out the log in the cove, and to sleep beside it during the night, meant that they were there to watch the Aleuts, to give the alarm should Captain Orlov try to sail off without paying us for the otter skins.



 

Everyone was afraid he might, so besides the men in the cove who watch the Aleut ship, others kept watch on the camp.

 

(2)

What words would you use to describe the setting? (treeless, near ocean, undeveloped)


(3)

What problem is caused by the lack of trees on the island?


(4)

Why are people keeping watch on the camp? How is this related to the setting of the story?


(5)

How might the problems in this text be different if there were a lot of trees, more animals, or not near the ocean?

Extra Help Problems

(1)

Somewhere a hawk screeeeeennned, and he looked for it but could not see it through the leaves of the trees around the lake. It would be 
hunting. Bringing home mice for a nest full of young. Looking for something to kill.




No, Brian thought—not in that way. The hawk did not hunt to kill. It hunted to eat. Of course it had to kill to eat—along with all other carnivorous animals—but the killing was the means to bring food, not the end. Only man hunted for sport, or for trophies.




It is the same with me as with the hawk, Brian felt. He turned the paddle edgeways, eased it forward silently and pulled back with an even stroke. I 
will kill to eat, or to defend myself. But for no other reason.


From Brian’s Return by Gary Paulsen, at http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780385325004&view=excerpt


(2)

Make a prediction about the setting of this novel. From this excerpt, what is the problem and how is it related to the setting?

(3)

At the library, look for more Gary Paulsen books or search for survival stories. Investigate how the characters survive in difficult places.

(4)

Choose two of the picture books listed at http://www.readwritethink.org/lesson_images/lesson107/107BookList.pdf. Compare their settings and how the books’ problems are affected by the setting.

(5)

How does a story’s time and place influence the story’s problems and resolution?

 

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