These two handouts address the six story conflicts in fiction and how they affect characters. The first handout guides students to define the conflicts in general and provide one example of each from literature or film. Students then assess the type of conflict in their assigned reading and analyze how it determines character behavior and choices. This handout is best after a introduction/review on story conflict, but should accompany a reading assignment in progress.
The second handout guides students to turn their answers from handout one into a literary analysis of one paragraph. Students follow steps to compose a well-written paragraph with little support. This writing practice is a great tool to demonstrate how to write a tight literary analysis. Only a paragraph, it is a quick approach to tackling analysis writing practice both for you and for your students.