Have fun teaching the six types of conflict in literature with a bit of pop culture.
Each of these 28 conflict task cards (with freebie option for 8 more cards) includes a plot point from an episode of TV's The Simpsons. Which of the six types of conflict does the card exemplify? The answers are on the back.
My students loved this activity even more when we kept score to determine who got the most correct answers.
I designed these task cards for my students to practice analyzing the types of conflict shortly after I introduced the concept. To that end, I tried to ensure that the examples could not be interpreted in multiple ways. For example, I omitted the episode where Bart uses a watch to stop time, since this could be interpreted as either character vs. the supernatural, or as character vs. technology.
After working with these cards, my students are ready to move on to more complex examples from literature, which often include multiple types of conflict and are open to interpretation.
The task cards print well in color and in black and white. The green chevron sides are the front and the yellow polka dot sides are the back. I deliberately chose different backgrounds so that you can tell the difference (chevrons or dots) if you are printing in black and white.
For a tutorial on printing double-sided, go to TeacherHacks.net/PrintDS
To ensure that you know exactly what you are buying, here's the list of the six types of conflict in literature (which I use in this resource):
1. Character vs. Character
2. Character vs. Nature
3. Character vs. Society
4. Character vs. Self
5. Character vs. Technology
6. Character vs. The Supernatural
Extension/Critical Thinking Activity: See if your students can come up with new types of literary conflict.
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