The setting of a story is the time and place in which the events occur.  Think of a movie or TV show that you have watched recently.  Was the story about people today or about people from the past or future?  How did you recognize the time period?  Did the characters’ clothing, hairstyles, and speech tell you?  Or did the buildings and kinds of transportation give away the time period?

The same details that helped you know when the story occurred also may have helped you infer where the action occurred. Sounds of howling winds and pictures of nothing but huge snow fields would have shown you that the story took place in or near a polar region.  Palm trees and sandy beaches, on the other hand, would have been clues that the story’s setting was the tropics.

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