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Conflict in Literature

posted Dec 4, 2013, 11:45 PM by Jason Brunken
This week, I am teaching the Grade 6 class a mini-lesson on conflict in literature with a focus the types of conflict typically found in literature. Conflict drives the plot of any story. Even biographies have conflicts at the center of their themes. The conflicts we find in books can be classified into four types: man vs. man, man vs. nature, man vs. society, and man vs. himself. Of course, "man" here does not mean male. "Man" is used instead of character capable of human-like thought because it is easier to remember. "Man" can be a man, woman, child, talking pig, or even a monster (like in Monsters, Inc.) See the image below to understand these four groups and then look through the slideshow below that to learn more. To practice, fill out this organizer as you read your next story or novel.

Literary Conflict