Category: Reading Skills

Concept Webs – A Teaching Strategy

Free Concept Web Practice

Since the human brain processes visuals much faster than text, using concept webs is an important learning strategy for students.

What is a Concept Web?

Concept webs are visual diagrams that connect abstract ideas. Students use these to connect prior knowledge and experiences to new information. Continue Reading

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Teaching Person vs. Supernatural Conflict with Movie Trailers

Person vs. Supernatural Conflict

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.

Check out these books and videos to help teach person vs. supernatural conflict.
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Teaching Person vs. Person Conflict with Movie Clips

Person vs. Person Conflict

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.

Check out these books and videos to teach students about a person vs. person conflict.
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Person vs. Self Conflict

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 Literature

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Person vs. Technology Conflict

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.

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Person vs. Society Conflict

Person vs. Society Conflict in Literature

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.

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Teaching Theme with Because of Mr. Terupt

Because of Mr. Terupt Free Theme Activity

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 – who wants friends
  • Jessica – the new girl in town
  • Anna – the outcast because of her family history
  • Lexie – the bully

Teaching Theme

With so many conflicts to solve, Because of Mr. Terupt is a perfect book for teaching theme. In this activity, students complete a table by thinking about the main characters in the book. What challenge, problem, or conflict does each character go through? Add what the characters learn. In what important way does each character change? This will be the major themes in the book. Continue Reading

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