Representing Your Setting


15-20 Minutes

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  • Look at an historical image for details about its setting

  • Create an image that represents your setting

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We’re thinking about

the question: 

"How can I capture where I am in time and place?"

Your challenge this week is to create a “Here and Now Snapshot” to represent your setting in words and images.

Let's Get Started!


You've learned about setting by analyzing photographs. How would it be similar or different if you were analyzing a painting or drawing?


Let’s think like historians!


This is a sketch by the artist Vincent van Gogh. What can we learn about the setting?

  • Who: Who is in the picture? What are they wearing? How are they connected to each other?

  • What: What objects do you see? What activities do you see? 

  • Where: What’s in the background? Is this inside or outside? 

  • When: What time of day do you think it is? What season could it be? Do you think this is today or long ago?


Keep in mind your challenge this week: Create a “Here and Now Snapshot” to represent your historical setting at this time.


Today, you will complete the next step of the challenge, which is to make a first draft of your “Here and Now Snapshot”!

Use pictures and words to show your setting on paper (or use the “Drafting Template” handout if you like).

Your goal: Show your historical setting in words and pictures.

  • What do you want the viewer to think?

  • What do you want the viewer to feel?

  • What do you want the viewer to know or wonder about your moment in time and place?

Ready for Day 3?

On day 3, you will reflect on your progress and make a plan to improve your work.