I like to experience ElaCommonCoreLessonPlans.com from the view of an outsider. In fact, I often use the site’s search function to remind me of great lesson ideas I’ve done in the past. So just the other day, I typed in “Teaching Conflict in Literature,” and I found great ideas, but nothing that would strike me as ready-to-use, teacher-friendly.
As punishment I went into the forest with my enemy during a storm and stood under a tree, hoping it would fall on me while marauding wolves lurked nearby. Luckily, I realized I should just create a Teaching Conflict in Literature chart (below) instead and post it for all to use.
So I did. The good news is my enemy, to whom I forgot to text the change of plans, went to the tree and got crushed.
Long story short: I made a chart for teaching conflict in literature for “The Interlopers,” which I immediately included as part of my super-duper-ready-to-use Interlopers Unit Guide that includes a summary, analysis, lesson plans, graphic organizers, an essay rubric, charm and wit, a quiz, and a copy of the story, and probably more amazingly awesome stuff that I don’t even remember.
Get the Understanding Conflict chart here.
- Understanding Conflict in the Interlopers Chart. This is a generic chart made in MS Word so you can edit it accordingly, although you may not need to. The example provided comes from “The Interlopers.”
- Interlopers Conflict. This is a free sample from “The Interlopers” Teacher’s Guide. It’s a pdf file that includes a student chart specifically tailored to “The Interlopers,” along with a completed chart I filled out myself.
- Interlopers Teacher’s Guide. This is the actual unit. It includes
- A brief summary and analysis of the story
- Lesson plans and graphic organizers relating to theme, conflict, suspense, irony, and Naturalism
- Answer keys for the above with discussion points for the teacher
- Lessons on writing a literary analysis with a literary analysis essay rubric
- A quiz that allows students to demonstrate mastery of numerous common core reading standards
- A copy of the story
Those fancy shmancy book publishers would charge you 5 times as much and it would be about half as useful. You know what I'm talking about. Sometimes I wonder who exactly the text book companies have in mind when they come up with their materials. Lucky for you, I'm a real teacher in a real classroom teaching these lessons to real kids.