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Setting and Mood -- Middletown Middle School

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Anna Hartman

on 3 October 2012

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Transcript of Setting and Mood -- Middletown Middle School

What is the setting and mood of this picture? Setting and Mood What is setting? Setting describes the time and location in which a story
takes place. Why is setting so important? The author's choice of setting influences who the characters
are, what they do, how they
talk, what events happen
in the plot line of
the story. Would you see.... ??? What is mood? Mood describes the feelings the reader gets from the passage.

Questions to consider:
-How did it make the character feel?
-How did it make you feel? Words Sometimes Used to Describe the Mood: Playful
Peaceful No No No The story takes place
in a nursing home.
Most likely, would we
see an elderly woman who is very upset that
she did not make the high school football cheerleading team? The story takes place
in a farm town in 2012.
Based on this setting,
would we see a girl and
her two friends getting
lost on the subway
system on the way
home from school? The story takes place in the 1930s. Based
on this setting, would
we see a girl receiving a breakup text from her boyfriend? Let's look at an example from
Holes by Louis Sachar Pay attention to:
-What is the setting (time and place)?
-What might (or might not) be able to take place here because of the location?
-What might (or might not) take place
because of the time period?
-What mood does this setting create? There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. there once was a very large lake here,

the largest lake in Texas. That was over a hundred years ago. Now it is just a

dry, flat wasteland.

There used to be a town of Green Lake as well. The town shriveled and

dried up along with the lake, and the people who lived there.

During the summer the daytime temperature hovers around ninety-five

degrees in the shade--if you can find any shade. There’s not much shade in a

big dry lake.
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