Using Sensory Detail
An image is language that describes
something that can be seen, heard,
touched, tasted, or smelled.
The images in a literary work are referred
to, when considered together, as the
The sun’s beams
danced on the
room like elusive
Although they could
not see outside the
cabin, they could hear
the eerie tapping,
tapping, tapping, of
his knife upon their
traveled from his
mouth to his
The icy breeze
against the hair
on her neck, and
Describe what you SEE
Describe what you would SMELL
Describe what you would HEAR
Describe what you would TASTE
Describe what you would TOUCH
The setting of a literary work is the time and place of the
The setting includes all the details of a place and time –
the year, the time of day, even the weather. The place
may be a specific country, state, region, community,
neighborhood, building, institution, or home.
Details such as dialect, clothing, customs, and modes of
transportation are often used to establish setting.
In most stories, the setting serves as a backdrop – a
context in which the characters interact. The setting of
a story often helps to create a particular mood, or
1. Is background for the action
2. Underscores the mood of a scene
3. Is the antagonist
4. Reveals character traits
5. Reveals theme
6. Foreshadows good or bad things to
Mood, or atmosphere, is the feeling created
in the reader by a literary work or
passage. Writer’s use many devices to
create mood, including images, dialogue,
setting, and plot. Often, a writer creates
a mood at the beginning of a work and
then sustains the mood throughout.
Sometimes, however, the mood of the
work changes dramatically.
With a partner…
Use your story starter, mood word, and
setting to create a short story.
You will have all parts of the plot diagram
Aim for a handwritten front page and
onto the back!