Using this graphic organizer will not only assist students in identifying external and internal conflict in literature; it will also guide them in writing a short piece of literature of their own.
Before you start this lesson, prepare by obtaining two mentor texts that exemplify external and internal conflict. These mentor texts can be either commercially made, or your own writing. Starting with external conflict, as a class define what it means, as well as examples from texts. Give the students an example from your own life, and ask them to think-pair-share about an example in their own lives. Repeat this process with internal conflict.
On the reverse side, read through the 5 W's and H questions. Distribute a graphic organizer, and ask students to fill out the sections for both pieces of mentor texts. Lastly, assign the students to write a rough draft focusing on one type of conflict in their own lives.
by Catherine Pearson
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