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. Here is an example of what I mean.
Being able to identify when and where the story is taking place is a basic reading comprehension skill. Here are a sampling of worksheets to help students practice identifying settings. In each worksheet students read a variety of short texts and then must infer the setting based on close reading. Then they must explain their answers. These worksheets are great practice for determining the setting of a story. I have also included a PowerPoint lesson on setting. This lesson contains definitions, examples, and useful tips. There is also a practice activity after the lesson. I hope that these resources help students master the skill of interpreting literary settings.
I hope that these setting resources help students master this basic reading skill.
Common Core State Standards Related to Setting
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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.3 – Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.3 – With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3 – Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.3 – Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.3 – Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.3 – Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).