Additional Resources for Teachers: Part 1

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Activity 1A: Setting the Stage

Background About Setting

Berg, E. (1999). Escaping into the Open: The Art of Writing True. New York: Harper Collins.

Burroway, J., & Stuckey-French, E. (2006). Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft (7th ed.). New York: Pearson Longman.

Dera, D. (August 19, 2007). The Importance of Setting in Children’s Literature. Retrieved October 2, 2009, from

Setting and Description. (n.d.). Retrieved October 7, 2009, from

Setting and Meaning [Succinct summary of elements of setting, including four kinds of time: clock time, calendar time, seasonal time, year or historical time period]. (2000). Retrieved October 2, 2009, from Scott Foll, All rights reserved.

Vivante, A. (1980). Writing fiction: A stimulating and perceptive guide to writing quality short stories and novels. Boston: The Writer, Inc.

Activity 1B: Setting in Literature and Movies

Resources For Teaching The House on Mango Street

Film inspired by The House on Mango Street

Sandra Cisneros’s Web site

Teaching strategies from the Novelinks Web site, copyright 1999, Sirpa Grierson

Video collage based on The House on Mango Street chapter “Hairs”