Person vs. the Environment Conflict

Person vs. the Environment ConflictIn 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.

Check out these books and videos for teaching the person vs. the environment conflict.

Book Examples to use for Teaching Person vs. the Environment Conflict

Picture Books

  • The Great Kapok Tree
  • Peggony Po: A Whale of a Tale
  • The Legend of Bluebonnet
  • Ghost Eye Tree
  • The Lorax
  • Brave Irene
  • The Last Dinosaur

Children’s Literature

  • My Side of the Mountain
  • Call It Courage
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins
  • The Cay
  • Hatchet
  • From Where the Red Fern Grows –

Little Ann and Old Dan tree a coon in the tallest tree in the river bottoms.
Billy enters the championship coon hunt and encounters the snowstorm.

Teaching Person vs. the Environment Conflict in Literature with Movie Trailers

127 Hours

A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while rock climbing alone near Moab, Utah.



A Fed Ex executive survives a crash landing on a deserted island.


The Day After Tomorrow

A paleoclimatologist must make a trek across America to reach his son while the climates plunge into the subzero level.


Deep Impact

A comet must be destroyed before it collides with Earth.



A climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snow storm.



Teaching Conflict in Literature (Person vs. the Environment) Using Movie Trailers

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