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Setting Worksheets

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.

How Does Setting Affect Mood?
Imagine a story about a girl and a boy playing hide-and-seek. Pretend that the conflict in this story is that the girl cannot find the boy no matter how hard she looks. The setting of this story will have a huge impact on the mood, or how readers feel while reading the text. If this story took place in a candy shop during the day, it might have a happy or playful mood. But if this story took place at a cemetery during the night, the mood would be down right frightening.

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.

Setting Lesson
Looking for a lesson on settings in stories? Here is an animated PowerPoint slideshow that teaches setting. It has definitions, tips, and examples. Also, this lesson includes five practice problems to help students review.
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Setting Worksheet 1
Looking for a worksheet to help students practice identifying setting? In this double-sided worksheet, students read short stories. They determine the setting based on textual details and explain their answers. It has five passages and ten problems. This worksheet gives students great practice with determining story settings. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 2-6.
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Setting Worksheet 2
Here is another worksheet that will give students practice with identifying and describing settings in stories. This worksheet has five short passages and ten questions. Students read each passage and determine the setting based on textual clues. Then they explain their answers. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 2-6.
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Setting Worksheet 3
Here is one more setting worksheet. This one has five passages and ten problems. Students determine the setting of each passage based on textual clues and explain their responses. Suggested reading level for this text: Grade 1-5.
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I hope that these setting resources help students master this basic reading skill.

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2 Comments

  1. Ashwath

     /  April 15, 2021

    I like it all 3 setting worksheet

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  2. Karmen Lady

     /  March 7, 2019

    I was wondering if this site offered more hands-on experience. My kids like doing hands on and from what I can see this site does not really offer hands-on. I think there would be a better outcome if the kids could interact a bit more with the teacher and other students. For 3-4th grades the students like activities but I have found this site has rather boring activities for the children.

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