Understanding Setting From Illustrations and Words
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Basics on the topic Understanding Setting From Illustrations and Words
How can we use illustrations to understand the setting in a story?
Illustrators often give us information about a story in the pictures that they draw. We can use this to understand the setting.
A setting can be where, when, and even at what time something happens in a story. We can find these clues in the pictures that the illustrator draws!
Comment below what the setting you are in!
Transcript Understanding Setting From Illustrations and Words
: "The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, Zayd isn't here (...) wait, Zayd isn't here!" : "Where could he have gone? Wait, there's a note!" : "Catch me if you can! Use these selfies to figure out where I am." : "But where did he take this selfie..." Let's use the images from selfies to help Ari find Zayd by learning about understanding setting from illustrations. You might already know that a setting is when, where, and even what time a story takes place... and that a setting can change during a story. When reading a story, we get a lot of information from the author, but did you know that we also get a lot of information from the illustrator? The illustrator can give us additional information that isn’t mentioned in the story through drawing detailed pictures. How do the pictures help us to understand the story better and learn more information? Pictures can tell us about the setting of a story! When trying to identify, or find the setting of a story... look for the environment... the time... or even the season in the picture. Let's take a look at the first selfie Zayd took to help Ari. : "Up and down, left and right, will I be in your sight?" : "Hm, where could Zayd be hiding?" Can you figure out the setting of the first selfie? First, take a look at the picture. Then, try to find when, where, the time, or even season that the picture shows. What do you notice about the setting in this selfie? It shows a sink, a stove, and apples in a bowl. These are things we would find in a kitchen (...) which means this selfie is in the kitchen! : "Another selfie with a note!" : "You're warm but not hot, so come find me in a comfy spot!" Take a look at the setting in the next selfie from Zayd. We can see Zayd next to a bed and a dresser (...) there is also a clock on the wall that says three forty-five. Can you tell what the setting of this selfie is? There are TWO clues in this selfie that show the setting! (...) The setting here is Zayd's bedroom AND it's also the time, three forty-five. I wonder if Ari has found Zayd yet (...) let's find out! : "Not in the bedroom either (...) a-ha! another selfie with a note!" : "Not here, not there, can you find me anywhere?" What is the setting in this selfie that Zayd took? We can see Zayd in front of a window, and through the window we see a tree with orange leaves. That means that the setting in THIS selfie is during fall! While Ari tries to find Zayd one last time, let's remember. Today we learned about understanding setting from illustrations. Setting can be the place, season, or even time that a story takes place... and a setting can change during a story. We also learned that you can identify, or find the setting by looking at the pictures and using the clues that illustrators give you. Now, did Ari ever find Zayd? : "Where could Zayd be?" : "Wait a second (...) you were behind me all this time!" : "Bingo!"
Understanding Setting From Illustrations and Words exercise
What is the setting of this picture?Hints
Look for clues in the picture that show you what the setting is.
Look at the sun in the picture. Is it day or night time?
Look at what the characters are wearing in the picture. Are they warm or cold?Solution
This picture shows the setting of the beach in the summer. The characters are wearing bathing suits which means it is hot out, they are sitting in the sand by the ocean, and the palm trees are green.
What time of day does each setting show?Hints
Look at if it is light or dark out to help you find whether it is nighttime or daytime.
Look at what the characters are doing in the image to help you determine what time of day it is.
At sunset, the sky changes to many different colors.Solution
- Day: The sun is out and the sky is still bright so it is daytime.
- Sunset: The sky is a purple and orange color because the sun is setting.
- Night: It is dark out and you can only see the girl in the streetlight.
- Morning: The sun is rising on a farm.
What is the setting of these pictures?Hints
Look at the time, place, and even season to determine the setting.
Check to see if the sky shows you what time of day it shows in the picture.Solution
- The desert: There are some sandy hills and nothing else can be seen in the picture.
- The amusement park at night: The sky is dark and the picture shows two characters on a roller coaster.
- The park during the day: There is concrete and trees, two characters are playing hopscotch together, and the sky is bright.
- The kitchen: There is a stove and the two characters are baking cookies together.
What is the same and what is different in each setting?Hints
It is nighttime in both settings.
Look at the location of each setting.Solution
- The time of day is nighttime in both settings.
- The main characters are Zayd the dragon and Ari the rabbit in both settings.
- The place is different because one setting happens in the city and one happens in the forest.
- What the characters are doing are different because different activities are happening in both settings.
Which image shows the setting of a bedroom?Hints
A bedroom usually has a place to sleep.
The setting can be a place or even a season.Solution
This image shows the setting of a bedroom because there is a bed and someone waking up.
Choose the setting that best matches the description.Hints
Which images take place during the day?
Find the picture with the fall trees.Solution
In this setting, there is a small cabin outside, the trees are changing different colors because it is fall, and the time is during the day because it is still light outside.