Monthly Archive: April 2017

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 24

Teaching Ideas to Use with Pax

  Pax is a wonderful novel by Sara Pennypacker. In the book, Peter and his much loved pet fox named Pax are separated because of war. The book contains chapters alternating between Peter’s and Pax’s perspectives as they make their way back to each other.  Teaching Idea for the Book Father and Son Relationships Peter has a …

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Apr 21

The Wild Robot Writing Activities

  The Wild Robot The Wild Robot by Peter Brown combines a science fiction story involving a robot of the future with a fantasy in which animals talk. The outcome is a book that is both charming and exciting. There is no question about it; your students will love this book! Writing Ideas for the Book …

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Apr 17

A Long Walk to Water Activities

  A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park is based on a true story. The book tells the stories of Nya who lives in Southern Sudan in 2008 and Salva who lived in Southern Sudan in 1985. Each chapter begins with Nya’s story and jumps to Salva’s story. Ten-year old Nya spends her days walking …

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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 10

Among the Hidden Writing Prompts

  In Among the Hidden, twelve year old Luke lives in a future dystonia society where the government has passed a law banning parents from having more than two children. The story opens with Luke, an illegal third child, enjoying his last minutes of freedom outdoors. The government has bought the woods behind Luke’s house to build a …

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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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