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How Does the Setting of a Story Affect the Mood

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John Pufky

on 24 October 2016

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Transcript of How Does the Setting of a Story Affect the Mood

Thank you!
In your groups brainstorm a list of words that you would associate with the mood of a story.
How Does the Setting of a Story Affect the Mood?
*You will be able to use the setting of a story to see how it affects the mood of a story
The setting of the story is the time and place that it occurs. Every story has a setting. The setting helps to create the mood of the story. It influences how readers feel about the text. I will give you an example to show you how much setting may affect the mood of the story.
Imagine a story about a girl and a boy playing hide-and-seek.
Pretend that the conflict in this story is that the girl cannot find the boy no matter how hard she looks.
How would the setting affect the mood of the story?

Setting Question Types
•From a given list, choose the one that was a setting for the reading selection.
•Where is Character X going during/after a given event from the selection?
•Using a specific detail from the passage, identify the setting element (time, place, location) in which the story takes place. Then explain why the element is important to the story element (plot, theme, mood, etc.)

The families took a long look at the ship in the harbor before they began boarding it. It was a large vessel, with many new boards covering up old holes, an old merchant ship named the Mayflower. There were three masts, each with a sail, and three levels. A cool wind blew in from across the harbor. The leaves were changing and small snowflakes begin to trickle out of the sky. The pilgrims knew that they would need to set sail today if there were a prayer of them arriving in New England before the winter hit. The captain addressed the pilgrims and the strangers, "Argh! We've got to put wind to sails. Get your landlubbin' tails on board ten minutes ago!" The pilgrims and the strangers hastened their movements.
"I hit you, Sean! You're out!" Lillian yelled across the room. Sean yelled back, "You did not! I spun
out of the way!" Just then one of Lillian's teammates threw another ball at Sean. It flew towards Sean's stomach, but Sean cradled it like a loaf of bread. "You too, Brad! You're out too! I caught your ball!"
Brad shouted back, "Did not! I didn't even throw a ball." A whistle blew. It was Coach Hannon. He
threw his thumb in the air shouted, "Brad, you're out." Brad kicked a dodge ball and said, "Aw man!"
Then he jogged over to the locker room with the other eliminated players.

Alex shut the lid to his laptop with a loud clap. Some of the people sitting at the tables near him looked up from their books and gave him annoyed looks. Alex realized that he had disturbed them and held up his hand apologetically. The librarian turned toward him and shushed him loudly, perhaps louder than the noise that he had made. Alex put the laptop in his bag and began walking toward the door. He held his head down low.


Vance Powers grabbed the control stick. Up until now he had been a prisoner on this spaceship, but even the captain knew that Vance was the only one who could navigate through an asteroid belt. "Quick! Take these laser cuffs off!" The captain and the guard looked at one another hesitantly. Boom! The ship skidded off a large asteroid. "Now! Take the cuffs off! There's no time!" Vance shouted at the men. The captain gave the guard a slight nod. The guard waved the magnetic key over the laser cuffs on Vance's wrists. The cuffs powered down and fell off of Vance's wrists. Suddenly Vance had full control of his arms again. Vance tested the movement of his arms by disarming the guard and slapping the laser cuffs on him in one swift motion. Vance Powers was back.

In partners read the passage "All Summer in a Day," by Ray Bradbury.
Together discuss, answer, and respond to questions at the end.
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