Before students can accurately summarize and analyze a text, they must be able to identify a story’s central conflict. An understanding of that central struggle is integral to understanding a work’s overriding themes. (Common Core Reading Anchor Standards 2 and 5) This powerful, interactive PowerPoint presentation is designed to instruct middle and high school students how to quickly identify the core conflicts of literary pieces to ensure accurate summarization and structural analysis. Students will learn how to write a conflict statement, identify types of conflicts, and use conflict to analyze story structures. In particular this presentation meets CCSS ELA Literacy Standards RL 7.3 and 8.3. A complete lesson plan which accompanies this presentation is also available for purchase from Barbara Yardley's store.