SettingDetectivesTime

advertisement
Setting: Time
Determining the setting of a story helps you to understand other details as you read.
Authors reveal the setting in the first chapter and, often, on the very first page.
The following excerpts are from the first chapters of popular youth books. Determine
if the setting is in the past, present, or future and write your answer on the
line. If you can, be even more specific. Is the setting occurring during a war or a certain
decade?
Underline the details that helped you determine the setting.
1.
One Christmas Eve when I was seven years old, I was alone visiting my grandparents’
graves on the deserted marshes. A huge man appeared and grabbed me.
“What’s your name?” he demanded. “And where do you live?”
“With my only sister and her husband - the blacksmith in the village.” I managed to say.
He turned me upside down and emptied my pockets. A few nails and a piece of bread
were all I had in them.
_____________________________________________________________
2. “Do you know what the two Parker boys paid for their two hounds?” Papa said. “$75! If I
had that much money, I’d buy another mule.”
Papa sat me on his lap and we had a good talk. He told me how hard times were. Some of
the farmers had quit farming and were cutting railroad ties to feed their families.
_____________________________________________________________
3. The day was so nice that President Grover Cleveland and his wife left Washington, D.C.
for a vacation weekend at their country home.
_____________________________________________________________
4. “Now boys, I know you don’t understand what it means, but there’s a depression going
on all over this country. People can’t find jobs and these are very, very difficult times for
everybody.”
_____________________________________________________________
5.
He tells the story of Panem, the country that rose out of the ashes of a place that was
once called North America. He lists the disasters, the droughts, the storms, the fires, the
encroaching seas that swallowed up so much of the land.
_____________________________________________________________
6.
“I read a book once.” Tane said. “I can’t remember what it was called. It was about these
grad students who go back in time to medieval days to rescue a missing historian.”
“Timeline,” interrupted Rebecca. “Michael Crichton, 1999.”
_____________________________________________________________
7.
In the far distance, a helicopter skimmed down between the roofs, hovered for an
instant, and darted away again with a curving flight. It was the Police Patrol, snooping
into people’s windows…
The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made,
above a very low whisper, would be picked up by it. There was no way of knowing
whether he was being watched at any given moment. How often the Thought Police
plugged in on any individual was guess work.
_____________________________________________________________
8. A boy stood shivering in the cold October wind. His father turned to the cabin door. No
dim lights from other cabins punctuated the night. The white man who owned the fields
had scattered the cabins of the Negro sharecroppers far apart.
_____________________________________________________________
© 2014 Jacqueline Mann
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Take-Notes
Setting: Time
Determining the setting of a story helps you to understand other details as you read.
Authors reveal the setting in the first chapter and, often, on the very first page.
The following excerpts are from the first chapters of popular youth books. Determine
if the setting is in the past, present, or future and write your answer on the
line. If you can, be even more specific. Is the setting occurring during a war or a certain
decade?
Underline the details that helped you determine the setting.
1.
One Christmas Eve when I was seven years old, I was alone visiting my grandparents’
graves on the deserted marshes. A huge man appeared and grabbed me.
“What’s your name?” he demanded. “And where do you live?”
“With my only sister and her husband - the blacksmith in the village.” I managed to say.
He turned me upside down and emptied my pockets. A few nails and a piece of bread
were all I had in them.
Past, 1800’s [Great Expectations (abridged version)]
2. “Do you know what the two Parker boys paid for their two hounds?” Papa said. “$75! If I
had that much money, I’d buy another mule.”
Papa sat me on his lap and we had a good talk. He told me how hard times were. Some of
the farmers had quit farming and were cutting railroad ties to feed their families.
Past, 1850’s-1950’s [Where The Red Fern Grows]
3. The day was so nice that President Grover Cleveland and his wife left Washington, D.C.
for a vacation weekend at their country home.
Past, late 1800’s, during the presidency of Grover Cleveland [Blizzard]
4. “Now boys, I know you don’t understand what it means, but there’s a depression going
on all over this country. People can’t find jobs and these are very, very difficult times for
everybody.”
Past, 1930s, during the depression [Bud, Not Buddy]
5.
He tells the story of Panem, the country that rose out of the ashes of a place that was
once called North America. He lists the disasters, the droughts, the storms, the fires, the
encroaching seas that swallowed up so much of the land.
Future, after North America has been destroyed [The Hunger Games]
6.
“I read a book once.” Tane said. “I can’t remember what it was called. It was about these
grad students who go back in time to medieval days to rescue a missing historian.”
“Timeline,” interrupted Rebecca. “Michael Crichton, 1999.”
Present, between 1999 and now [The Tomorrow Code]
7. In the far distance, a helicopter skimmed down between the roofs, hovered for an
instant, and darted away again with a curving flight. It was the Police Patrol, snooping
into people’s windows…
The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made,
above a very low whisper, would be picked up by it. There was no way of knowing
whether he was being watched at any given moment. How often the Thought Police
plugged in on any individual was guess work.
Future, during a time when drones and television screens spy on people in their houses
[1984]
8. A boy stood shivering in the cold October wind. His father turned to the cabin door. No
dim lights from other cabins punctuated the night. The white man who owned the fields
had scattered the cabins of the Negro sharecroppers far apart.
Past, 1850’s-1950’s, after the Civil War [Sounder]
© 2014 Jacqueline Mann
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Take-Notes
Thank you for
downloading my product.
 Clip art credits:

Timepiece - http://funny-pictures.picphotos.net/related-to-cartoon-clock-stockphotos-pictures-royalty-free-cartoon/illustrationsof.com*royalty-free-alarm-clockclipart-illustration-1113895.jpg/

Sports car - http://openclipart.org/detail/109651/car-icon-by-netalloy
 Texts used:

1. Great Expectations, abridged.

2.Rawls, W. (1996). Where The Red Fern Grows. US. Bantam Books.

3. Murphy, J. (2006). Blizzard. US: Scholastic.

4. Curtis, C. P. (2001). Bud, Not Buddy. US: Random House.

5. Collins, S. (2010). The Hunger Games. US: Scholastic.

6. Falkner, B. (2008). The Tomorrow Code. US: Random House.

7. Orwell, G. (1950). 1984. US: Signet.

8. Armstrong, W. (2011). Sounder. US: HarperCollins.
Download
Related flashcards
Create Flashcards