Anchor Charts




Explain that setting is the the surroundings in which the story takes place. It is the environment. I have provided five anchor charts. Three have general settings: city, forest, beach, and mountains. Each of these anchor charts are a different file to make for easier printing. The first link goes to the PowerPoint template which has been left blank, so that you can fill in any setting you wish. Just add a photo and write the setting name in the correct location.

Click on the link to get the one you need or collect them all.

Printing Instructions

With Adobe Reader 10 or newer, you can print posters by splitting the document across multiple sheets of paper called titles. After printing, you piece the tiles together. If you have an older version of Adobe Reader, you can update to a newer version with a free download here:

Choose File then Print A pop-up menu will open. Select the “Poster” option under “Page Sizing & Handling.” The poster is set to print 20 by 30 inches. This will tile over 8 pieces of paper. This size fits perfectly on the standard 22 by 32 inch flip chart. If you select “Size” in place of “Poster,” your poster will fit on a standard 8 1/2 by 11 inch piece of paper.

Additional Setting Resources

Click on the links under the images to go to character trait resources.

Download with several activities and free printables to help teach setting.

Setting Activities

This handout includes a number of free activities including the setting and vivid imagery printables pictured here. It also includes a Google Slide activity on setting and time. Charts with setting and genre teach students that fantasy stories often have settings that are quite different from realistic fiction. Enjoy these and more.


Setting and Vivid Imagery



Related Webpages


Follow the links to additional story element resources.