View of Life
1 Sketch out Setting
At the appropriate section of a novel, have students sketch the setting they see in their mind as they read.
If needed have students label important aspects that are not easy to draw, like temperature or time of day.
2 Google the View
Using information from the novel use Google View (Maps) to explore the setting in real time. As students explore the photos or view they should take notes of what they find. The notes can be on the sketch they have drawn or a new piece of paper.
3 Compare and Contrast
After taking notes and discussing the similarities and differences between their sketch and the photos they found on Google View students will write a compare / contrast assignment. The students should focus on physical attributes, tone or voice created in the book versus what they saw, and how well the author described the setting.
Key Standards Supported
Reading History/Social Studies
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.
Analyze how a text uses structure to emphasize key points or advance an explanation or analysis.
Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.