Asking Questions about Setting: Literature Studies for Teens

As your kids get older, the content of their reading increases in both length and complexity. While you might be able to keep up with some of their reading, how do you inspire them to mine the depths of Dickens, Austin, or Melville?

Asking Questions About Setting-

Giving your student questions to spark curiosity about the setting of a story can go a long way towards creating a hunger for more. A story that takes place in the middle of the ocean on a boat would read very differently if that boat was docked.

  • Dr. Alexandre Manette might have lived a peaceful life if not for the French Revolution.
  • Jane Eyre might never have fallen for Mr. Rochester had his house been situated in the city.
  • Billy Budd might have never been charged had maritime law not been enacted.


The setting acts almost like a separate character in a book that you read, therefore you must pay attention to it. I'm guest writing over at Bright Ideas Press today, and sharing simple questions that will help you help your teen explore the richness of the literature they're reading.

What is your favorite classic novel, and how would the story be different if it had a different setting?

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