Lesson: Conflict and Plot

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Lesson Objective

students will be able to: • define and apply conflict • understand and identify five types of conflict • make a prediction about resolving the conflict

Lesson Plan

Do Now
Have you ever been in an argument with a friend or family member?  What were you arguing about? Did you resolve the disagreement?

Every story contains some kind of conflict, or struggle. Because novels are longer than short stories, they often contain several conflicts. Conflicts can be external or internal. An external conflict is a struggle between characters who have different needs, goals, or personalities. An internal conflict is a psychological struggle arising from a personal problem or a difficult decision. As you read the chapters 7 and 8 of The Pigman, look for both kinds of conflicts.

Direct Instruction
Have students read in groups or independentlkly while teacher pulls a small group of students to read with them.

Guided Practice
Teacher will ask students if they can provide any examples of conflict in the chapters they just completed. We will discuss the conflict the characters are facing in these chapters and write them in our notes. Then, we will discuss the five types of conflict (character vs. character, character vs. self, character vs. society, character vs. nature, character vs. fate). We will then decide (as a class) what type of conflict the characters are facing in these chapters of the book (7-8).

Indpendent Practice
With a group of classmates, list the conflicts, or struggles, that the major characters in The Pigman experience. Label each conflict “internal” or “external.” Then predict how each conflict might turn out. Share your lists and predictions with other groups in your class.


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