Category: Reading Skills

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Teaching the Persuasive Technique – Loaded Terms

  This is the third post in a series of four on using persuasive techniques or propaganda devices. This post contains several commercials that use loaded terms to advertise their products.  Loaded Terms Definition Phrases with loaded terms have words that evoke strong emotions. Advertisements, speeches, and writers all use loaded terms. Politicians use loaded words …

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Al Capone Does My Shirts Teaching Ideas

  Written by Gennifer Choldenko, Al Capone Does My Shirts tells the story of Moose Flanagan and his family who move to Alcatraz Island where his father has gotten a job. The family wants to live near San Francisco, so Moose’s sister can attend the Esther P. Marinoff School. In this school, “kids have macaroni salad …

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