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The setting is where a story takes place, or where the story is located. Setting includes a few elements.
The first part, or element, of setting is the physical location. This part of the setting includes everything around you as you are going through your day. A setting could be the classroom you sit in for your lessons. The setting could be a playground when you go out to play. When you go to bed, the setting is your room and everything around you that is in your room. The setting could be a house. If you are on a boat, the setting is the boat on the water. If you are on a plane, the setting is a plane in the sky. For fishermen, their setting could be the open ocean. If you are watching a movie like Star Wars, or another movie with aliens and spaceships, the setting could be a totally different planet,
The second part, or element, of setting is the time. Some stories may not give you a specific time. Sometimes you can guess the time through clues and hints that are in the story. For example, when you go to bed, it is usually night time. The setting is both your room (the physical location) and nighttime (the time of day). If you go to school, your lessons usually are in your classroom during the day. Most schools for children do not hold classes at night.
The final part of the setting is the time period, or the moment in history, that a story takes place. If you are telling a story about something that happened to you, the story usually takes place in the past. For example, if you broke your arm last year, the story you tell people about how you broke your arm takes place in the past (not the present). When we tell stories of famous people in history, the setting is always in the past. Stories about George Washington, Christopher Columbus, or Winston Churchill, the setting is always in the past.
To review, the setting can be thought of as three parts:
The physical location (a classroom, a kitchen, a cornfield, a farm, your friend’s house)
The time of day (morning, afternoon, night, evening, midnight)
The moment in history, or time period (past, present, future, the 1980s, 1800s, etc.).
Look at the following example to understand setting:
When Jonathan woke up, he knew something was not right. There was no light coming through his curtains. His room was dark. His mom did not yell for him to eat breakfast. There was no smell of bacon. He slowly got out of bed and tiptoed to his curtain. Peeking behind his curtain, he saw mounds of snow piled outside. There was no chance that school was happening today.
From the first sentence, we can guess that the time of day is morning. The story does not tell us exactly that it is morning, but we can guess it is because Jonathan is just waking up for the day. We also know that the location, or the place, is the room because the story tells us that he is in his bed, which is in his room. The story doesn’t tell us what time period, or moment in history, of the story. However, we can guess that since Jonathan is in the present because the story says the school will not happen “today.” We can also guess it is happening right now as we read because there are no hints that make us believe that the story is in the past or the future.
This bundle contains 5 ready-to-use Setting worksheets that are perfect to test student knowledge and understanding of what Setting is and how it relates to stories. You can use these Setting worksheets in the classroom with students, or with homeschooled children as well.
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