Category Archive: Reading Skills

May 11

Teaching Person vs. Supernatural Conflict with Movie Trailers

  In a person vs. supernatural conflict, a character battles that which is beyond nature. It can’t be explained by natural law. This could be witches, vampires, mythical creatures, and so forth. Examples of Person vs. Supernatural Conflict from Literature Picture Books Vampire Boy’s Good Night  Children’s Literature The Witches The Lion, the Witch and the …

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May 04

Teaching Person vs. Person Conflict with Movie Clips

  In a person vs. person conflict, the conflict is between two forms of like beings. This is often the protagonist versus the antagonist. The conflict may be verbal, physical, or emotional. Examples from Person vs. Person from Literature Picture Books The Ugly Duckling Rumpelstiltskin The Tale of Peter Rabbit Angel Child, Dragon Child Snow White and …

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Apr 27

Person vs. Self Conflict

  In a person vs. self conflict, the main character has a problem within him/herself. This type of struggle takes place in the character’s mind. The character has to make a choice between doing something that is right or wrong. The character may also have to overcome emotions. Examples for Teaching Person vs. Self from …

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Apr 13

Person vs. Technology Conflict

  In a person vs. technology/machine conflict, a character has a problem with robots or machines. This type of conflict is often found in science fiction. Book Examples to use for Teaching Conflict in Literature Picture Books The Legend of John Henry  Comic Book – Iron Man Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel Children’s Literature …

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Apr 06

Person vs. Society Conflict

  In a person vs. society conflict in literature, a character struggles against the laws or beliefs of a group. This could include a character that fights against the rules such as freedom, rights, or a cause. Book Examples to use for Teaching Conflict Picture Books Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters Fly Away Home The Island of Skog …

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Apr 03

Teaching Theme with Because of Mr. Terupt

  Because of Mr. Terupt is a phenomenal book! It features seven narrators telling about their 5th grade year at Snow Hill School. Each narrator has a unique problem s/he must work through.  Students include: Luke – the class genius Jeffrey – the boy with a secret who hates school Peter – the class clown Danielle – …

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Mar 30

Person vs. the Environment Conflict

  In a person vs. the environment conflict in literature, a character is struggling against the forces of nature. A person may be fighting against bad weather conditions such as a hurricane or blizzard, survival in the wild including the desert or jungle, or against a wild animal. Book Examples to use for Teaching Person …

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Mar 27

Activities to Use with Brian’s Winter

  Brian’s Winter tells the story of what would have happened to Brian Robeson if the rescue plane had not come at the end of the book Hatchet. Author Gary Paulsen received hundreds of letters from readers who thought Brian had been rescued too soon. He should experience living in the Canadian wilderness during the winter months. Brian’s Winter is …

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Mar 23

Teaching the Persuasive Technique – Name Calling

  Name calling is the final post in this series of persuasive techniques. It can include a large number of targets including denouncing values, laughter, or putting down ideas. Advertisements use name calling when one product puts down a similar product by saying theirs is superior in some way. Political candidates also use name calling …

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Mar 20

Walk Two Moons Context Clues Game Activities

  Walk Two Moon is a beautiful story of a thirteen year old girl, Sal Hiddle, who travels from Ohio to Idaho with her grandparents to visit her mother’s grave. The story moves between the adventures of the trip in the present to flashbacks into Sal’s past as she tells stories to her grandparents along the way.  …

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