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Mini Lesson on Setting

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Ingra Smith

on 2 August 2015

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Transcript of Mini Lesson on Setting

Impact of Setting
is the place AND time. In any book, the setting can impact the
in a major way. It can also impact the
of the story.

Sara was driving her car in the middle of winter in MN. The
would be very different if she was driving her car in the middle of winter in CA.
If the young woman goes to the parking lot alone in the middle of the night, the
is much different than if she walked to her car alone in the middle of the day.

1st Person Narrative
When the story you're reading is from the point-of-view of a character in the novel, you're reading first-person narration. The person is experiencing the story as you are reading it.
Clues that show first person point of view: I, we, us, my

The Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold
Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger
by Stephenie Meyer
Looking for Alaska
by John Green

Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death.
Whenever you read a cancer booklet or website or whatever, they always list depression among the side effects of cancer. But, in fact, depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying. (Cancer is also a side effect of dying. Almost everything is, really.) But my mom believed I required treatment, so she took me to see my Regular Doctor Jim, who agreed that I was veritably swimming in a paralyzing and totally clinical depression, and that therefore my meds should be adjusted and also I should attend a weekly Support Group.
The Support Group, of course, was depressing as hell. It met every Wednesday in the basement of a stone-walled Episcopal church shaped like a cross. We all sat in a circle right in the middle of the cross, where the two boards would have met, where the heart of Jesus would have been.

I used to think my sister and I were just two nice southern girls who’d get married in a few years and settle down to a quiet life. Then I discovered that Alina and I descend, not from good wholesome southern stock, but from an ancient Celtic bloodline of powerful sidhe-seers, people who can see the Fae. Not only can I see the terrifying otherworldly race, but I can sense the sacred Fae relics that hold the deadliest of their magic.

When my sister was found dead in a trash-filled alley in Dublin, I came over to get answers. Now all I want is revenge. And after everything I’ve learned about myself, I know I have the power to get it….


I will be passing out pictures of shoes, each of you will receive a unique pair of shoes. Please complete the planning sheet. Once this sheet is complete write a one page narrative about the character you have created.

Using the
aspects of
characterization, describe the personality of your novel's main character.
the process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character.

This can be revealed through the character's words, actions, or thoughts.
This SHOWS things that reveal the personality of a character. There are
methods of

- What does the character say?
-What is revealed through the character’s private thoughts/feelings?
What does the character do?
Effect on others-
How do other characters feel or behave in reaction to him?
What does the character look like and how does he dress?
Examples of the FIVE traits:
(Taken from, The Cat in the Hat)

- "We can have lots of fun that is funny!"
- A
ll we did was sit...sIt...SIT.
- The cat likes to do tricks like standing on a ball while balancing several sharp objects.
Effect on others
- After the cat does something, the fish ALWAYS scowls at the cat.
- The cat always has a smile on his face and wears a tall, striped hat with a bow tie.
After reading these traits, tell me about the cat's personality. What is revealed about him?
Please write
sentences for each of the
aspects. First sentence should be his personality trait and the second-third sentences should be evidence from the text to support your answer.
Example: Charlie has a very trustworthy personality that is always there to help out his friends in any situation and will do whatever it takes to maintain that trust. For example, when Charlie walks in on Patrick kissing someone, Patrick tells Charlie to swear he will never tell anyone. Charlie promises Patrick and keeps that secret and promise over the course of the novel. This is proof that through his actions, Charlie is a trustworthy character.

Construct a paragraph illustrating the impact of setting on the story. You must include a topic sentence, with three supporting details from the text- you do NOT need specific quotations.
Reflect on the various settings in your text. What impact did the setting have on the plot and mood?

Think of both time of day/ year AND location.
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