Lesson: Types of Conflict

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Lesson Objective

Student will be able to analyze and describe different types of conflict in a fiction story.

Lesson Plan

Objective: Student will be able to analyze and describe different types of conflict in a fiction story.
Lesson Plan
DO NOW (5-7 minutes):  In the past couple of chapters there are have been instances of minor characters influencing the plot of the story (the Cook, and Hovis the Threadmaster). Pick one of these characters and explain how they influenced the story line. In the past, how have they been a source of conflict? 
Opening: In a story as complicated as The Tale of Despereaux, you will often find several conflicts going on with different multiple types of characters. Today we are going to define different types of conflict in fiction and identify conflict in our novel.
Direct Instruction (I DO):
·        There are 4 types of conflict what we can encounter in a novel (make an anchor chart to display within the classroom (see attached file):
1.     Character vs. Self – occurs when a character develops an internal struggle between his thoughts and ideas. This can be the result of the other conflicts mentioned. 
o       A great example of this can be found in our story when Roscuro is having conflict with his feelings about the world of light. He struggles to understand why rats don’t live in the light, he is struggling with the norms of being a rat.
2.     Character vs. Character – characters within a story has some sort of conflict with each other.
o       An example of this type of conflict can be seen when the Cook is having issues with Mig Sow being in her kitchen. 
3.     Character vs. Society – occurs when a character disagrees with societal values, laws, or beliefs.
o       Despereaux has this type of conflict with those in the Mouse Council, he doesn’t believe he did anything wrong when he was talking to the Princess or reading books or any other thing they had against him.
4.     Character vs. Nature – occurs when a character has a problem with outside forces: weather, animals, land, etc.
o       The King is involved with this conflict throughout the whole story. He made rats illegal because he was convinced that rats were the cause of the Queen’s death (Roscuro fell into the Queen’s soup).
·        Read Chapter 45 to the class modeling any conflicts that were read about and explaining them. (Cook vs. self – making and serving the soup, Despereaux vs. self – should he stay and eat the soup or go save the Princess, Despereaux vs. Roscuro – he is trying to save the Princess from him)  
Guided Practice (WE DO): 
·        Read Chapter 46-47, and stop to see if students are picking up on the conflicts that are happening within the chapter.
o       Despereaux vs. self – struggle to stay brave while going down into the dark of the dungeon.
o       Despereaux vs. nature (the force of gravity) – as he is pushing the thread it ends up rolling down the stairs and is potentially lost in the darkness.
o       Despereaux vs. Bottecelli – Bottecelli has found the spool of thread and knows where the Princess is, he is being sneaky.
o       Bottecelli vs. society – has a problem with the way that society thinks of rats, “wants to do something un-rat-like in order to vindicate rats everywhere.
Independent Practice (YOU DO): Given the list of conflicts found in fiction, have students come up with 2 examples for each. One example based on books they have read in the past and the other from “The Tale of Despereaux”. (see attached file)
Assessment: Independent practice activity 
Homework: Read Chapters 48-END 

Lesson Resources

Lesson 15 Types of Conflict   Classwork
Lesson 15 Conflicts within Fiction Stories   Notes


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