Reflection: Conflict Skits Day 1 - Section 2: Instructional Input


When I first did this lesson a few years back, I assigned the different terms/concepts very specifically to frame and set the scenes in a certain direction. When I discussed with the students the things that worked well and the things that we could improve if we could do it all over again. The students shared with me that they wished they'd had a bit more room to be creative. They shared that they felt they were a bit forced to make certain choices. It was really meaningful feedback that I took to heart. The following year, the skits were certainly more creative and entertaining and I attribute that entirely to those first students who completed the activity and the suggestions they made.

Some examples of prompts the groups had to draw from:

  1. Internal conflict, person v. society/group, person v. person
  2. person v. nature, person v. person, internal conflict
  3. person v. person, person v. person (a different person), person v. society/group

By keeping it far more general, the students are more able to think creatively about how they will include each in a way that is logical and engaging. In the past I had given them situations where I lay it out for them, such as the scene taking place in a hospital, including a doctor, patient, nurse, and family members of the patient. I then let them select the three types of conflict they wanted to include. I ended up seeing a lot of repetition and the scenes felt less authentic as the students were less engaged. Now, I am able to get a better variety of conflicts and situations. 

  WHY? - The random selection of concepts
  WHY? - The random selection of concepts
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Conflict Skits Day 1

Unit 4: Elements of Literature
Lesson 2 of 9

Objective: Students work collaboratively to create skits demonstrating various types of conflict.

Big Idea: What Seems to be the Problem Here?!

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English / Language Arts, elements of plot, Literary Structure, creativity, conflict, collaboration, Skit, foundation
  50 minutes
calvin and hobbes conflict
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