Setting, Mood, and Imagery English I Unit 3 October 2010
What makes a story worth reading? 9.15 Describe what you believe makes a story worth reading. What must a story possess in order to capture and hold your attention? Be prepared to share in a few moments.
What is setting? • The time and place of a story • Writers create setting through: • details about time of day, year, season, or historical period • descriptions of characters, clothing, building, weather, and landscapes • How important do you think setting is to a story? Does it really matter?
What is mood? How is mood created? • Mood is the feeling or atmosphere that writers create. • Whether frightening or joyful, mood is developed through a writer’s use of imagery , word choice, and details. • Setting details are most important to establish mood. • Watch the following clips with your attention focused on the mood. What images, sounds, details, etc. are used to develop a particular mood?
Your turn . . . Think of another mood that hasn’t already been discussed today that a writer can create through setting, imagery, word choice, and detail. In a few sentences, describe a scene from a movie or book that is a great example of the mood you chose. What kind of setting, images, words, sounds, details, etc. are used to create the mood.
What is imagery? Imagery – is the descriptive language that writers use to create word pictures. These pictures or images are created through the details that appeal to the senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. Imagery makes characters and the world they live in come alive for the reader. By describing how things look, sound, taste, smell, and feel readers can truly “see” the story because it is so clearly described.