Illustrations: Mood, Characters and Setting
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Illustrations – Mood, Character, and Setting
Have you ever read a comic book? Comic books have very little text, but a lot of details in the illustrations! But how can pictures help you understand the text better? Find out by learning how illustrations contribute to a story with this text.
What is the Purpose of Illustration?
How does the illustration help the reader understand the text? Sometimes, authors use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events. Can pictures help us understand the story? Authors also use them to affect the mood, or how the reader feels when they read a story and to give the reader more information about what is happening in a story.
If you’re still wondering, “how illustrations contribute to a story?”, continue onto the next section to see an example!
Using Illustrations to Understand Texts – Example
In order to analyse the illustration, first read the text. Next, look carefully and ask yourself: How does the illustration contribute, or add to the story?
What do pictures bring to a story? In order to analyse the illustration, first read the text. Here we see the text, The noise woke Zayd up.
Next, look carefully and ask yourself: How does the illustration contribute, or add, to the story?
Here, we see the setting is Zayd's bedroom. Zayd looks frightened because he is holding the pillow close and has a fearful expression on his face. Since Zayd has a terrified expression and the illustration has dark features, we can say the mood is scary.
Illustrations in Text – Summary
Sometimes, authors use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events. Authors also use them to affect the mood, or how the reader feels when they read a story and to give the reader more information about what is happening in a story. This is how you use an illustration in a text to gather thoughts, information and details about a characters, setting and the meaning of that text.
|What to do
|Read the text
|Look at the illustration carefully
| Ask yourself: How does the illustration
contribute, or add to the story?
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Frequently Asked Questions on Illustrations
Illustrations: Mood, Characters and Setting exercise
What information do the illustrations give the reader?Hints
The second illustration has five correct answers.
Darker images usually create scary or spooky moods.Solution
The first image shows the inside of a bright home. It contains flowers, which create a peaceful mood.
The next image takes place outside in a graveyard. There are trees shaped like monsters, witches and flying ghosts. It has a spooky mood.
Using illustrations to tell stories.Hints
To begin with, Pip has an idea to go surfing.
After a fun event, we can take photos and print the pictures!Solution
First, Pip is in his treehouse thinking about going surfing. Next, Pip and Koko go to the beach. Then, Pip gets on his surfboard and surfs! After that, Koko takes a picture of him for their memories. Finally, they put the picture on the wall of the treehouse.
Identify the character, the setting and the mood.Hints
There is only one character in this illustration.
There are three things to highlight: Zayd, the forest and the candy cane trees.
There is only one correct option for each colour.Solution
Write your own story using illustrations.Hints
Narratives start with setting. Setting can be a place or a time of day or night.
Captions give more information about the characters and tell who is in the story.Solution
To determine which piece of text fits best, ask yourself how is the illustration contributing to the story?
The story reads:
It was night and Pip was in bed...but he was scared to fall asleep! He woke up Koko...and she read him a bedtime story.
Match illustrations with the opposite moods.Hints
The mood in this image is dark and spooky. What would the opposite mood be?
What kind of mood does rain create? What is the opposite of that mood?Solution
- The two illustrations with the similar setting of the beach match. In one, rain makes the mood gloomy. In the other, the sun makes the mood fun.
- The two illustrations with Jane the owl match. In one, the vampire creates a scary mood because he is a dark shadow. In the other, the vampire eats pizza so the mood is light.
- The two illustrations with the ship in the ocean match. In one, the waves and dark lines create an angry mood. In the other, the ocean is calm and the lighting is bright. It is peaceful.
- The two illustrations of the park match. In one, there are no characters so there is a calm and quiet mood. In the other, there are lots of children playing so the mood is exciting.
Analyse the illustration for mood, setting and characters.Hints
What is the mood? The friends are sitting together roasting hot dogs on the fire.
Look at how many characters are in the scene, use this information to help choose the correct names.
Setting is where and when a narrative takes place.Solution
- Pip, Koko and Bertha
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Illustrations: Mood, Characters and Setting
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