How do you write a really good setting? I'm using "Wine of Astonishment".I have to do the setting for chapter 4 in Wine of Astonishment and I was wondering how should I go about presenting it?

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Your question is a bit confusing; when I read it, I'm not sure if you are writing a new setting or presenting the setting of "Wine of Astonishment" which is already written.  When you define setting, the time and the place of the story is a good definition.  i would add that you need to create a picture in the mind of the reader so that they can see what is in your mind.  Details make a huge difference; for example, to say the boy stood in a field is far different than saying the boy crouched behind the crooked oak tree in the open field hoping the trunk and branches were wide enough to hide him.  Your setting also has to fit the action or thoughts which are happening.  You can't have a horse running away with its rider over the hillside if the setting is in the center of a huge city.  Presenting setting from the story is different altogether. Use several quotes about setting from the story chapter, write each on a separate piece of drawing paper, and have small groups of 3 draw out what the quotes picture. Then you can have your discussion about setting and how the author achieves it.


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