a short story set in another
time and place
as a way to help readers focus on details of a setting.
the children read it silently.
that they skim the story and
determine which words and phrases
designate or infer the time and
may include such details as the clothes the characters wear, their
manner of speaking, house furnishings, occupations, recreations and
perhaps even names.
how the stories would change if
place in the kids' own community at the present time.
generalities, for starters.
encourage attention to detail, use
such as :
"Will the girl character wear jeans?"
"Will the mother continue to say `thee' and `thou'?"
"Will the family eat bear meat or hot dogs cooked in a fireplace or a
a group scribe to make notes of
necessary changes to be made in the story in order to bring it "up to
children take turns rereading the story aloud, making instant changes
along the way.
student reverts back to the
story's time or
place, classmates can snap their fingers, signaling the time for the
next reader to take over.