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Setting

definition, characteristics, and examples
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Sandy Wood Bairfield

on 17 November 2014

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Transcript of Setting

what it is?
Setting
why is it important?
When?
Setting answers the questions
Where?
The location(s) of the action, like Mars
Setting is the surroundings in which something, like a story, is set.
It tells the reader the time, place (location), and atmosphere.
Synonyms: background, scene
Definition:
Location – general and specific
Time period
Weather
Season
Landscape
Buildings
When determining the setting, consider the following:
Location
might include...
city
state
country
inside
outside
house
school
playground
mountain
beach
stadium
cottage
ship
castle
meadow
century
Time Period
might include
past
present
future
day
year
month
time of day
6:00 PM
season
July 2012
afternoon
evening
colonial times
winter
weather
Atmosphere
might include
darkness
noise level
light
smells
3 Most Important Elements
Triangle of Truth for
Setting
Atmosphere
Location
Time
What are the three most important elements of setting?
Let's review.
Find SETTING in...
fiction stories
nonfiction stories
the real world
What is it?
Setting can be places like Briarwood
The setting is important to a story for the following reasons:
Why is setting important?
Setting affects the plot of the story and its characters
The setting will make the story believable or unbelievable
.
A good description of the setting can place the reader inside of the story. The story comes to life.
Example of Vivid Setting
“On
rocky islands
gulls woke. Time to be about their business. Silently they floated in on the town, but when their icy eyes sighted
the first dead fish, first bits of garbage about the ships and wharves
, they began to scream and quarrel.
“The cocks in Boston back yards had long before cried the coming of the day. Now the
hens

were also awake, scratching, clucking
,
laying eggs
.
“Cats in malt houses, granaries, ship holds, mansions and hovels caught a last mouse, settled down to wash their fur and sleep. Cats did not work by day.

In stables horses shook their halters and whinnied
.

In barns cows lowed to be milked
.
“Boston slowly opened its eyes, stretched, and woke.
The sun struck in horizontally from the east, flashing upon weather vanes – brass cocks and arrows, here a glass-eyed Indian, there a copper grasshopper – and the bells in the steeples cling-clanged
, telling the people it was time to be up and about.”


excerpt from Johnny Tremain, pg. 1
Use of description
and Sensory Imagery
brings the setting to life!
"rocky islands"
"first dead fish, first bits of garbage about the ships and wharves"
"The sun struck in horizontally from the east, flashing upon weather vanes and the bells in the steeples cling-clanged"
"hens were also awake, scratching, clucking, laying eggs"
Your Turn!
What is Your Current Setting?
Observe your surroundings right now. Look carefully at the people, the building, and the landscape. Listen to the sounds – or lack of – and feel around you. Write a description of your current surroundings. Try to use as much Sensory Imagery as you can to paint a vivid mental picture.
You can write your description directly like:
I can see...
I can hear...
I can smell...
I can feel...
the time of day, year or life
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