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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Activities to Use with the Book Rules by Cynthia Lord

Teaching Ideas for the Book Rules by Cynthia Lord

In the book Rules by Cynthia Lord, twelve-year-old Catherine must spend the summer without her best friend who goes to California for the summer. A new girl moves in next door. Catherine hopes her autistic brother does not keep her from making friends.

Ideas for the Book

 Using a Communication Board

I created this communication board to use with the novel Out of My Mind; however, it is a great activity to use with the book Rules as well. Jason uses an album of cards to communicate. In the story, Catherine is frustrated by this limited means of communication, so she makes Jason additional words.  Continue Reading

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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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Scar Island

Scar Island Teaching Ideas

Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart is the perfect book for reluctant middle school readers. This gripping adventure story is an easy read (Lexile rating of 610).

Twelve year old Jonathan has been sent to the Slabhenge Reformatory School for Troubled Boys. Jonathan thinks he deserves going to to this remote island just large enough to house the crumbling stone school that was once an asylum for the terrible thing he did. Just a few chapters into the book, a lightning strike kills all the adults. The boys struggle for leadership roles as a hurricane hits the island. Continue Reading

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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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Teaching Ideas to Use with Pax

FREE Samples from Pax Book Unit

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

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The Wild Robot Writing Activities

Teaching Ideas to Use with The Wild Robot

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

CHARTING THE STORY 

This free printable with answer key included helps students keep track of the story. Students use the chart to write details about how Roz helps the animals on the island and then how they in return help her. After students complete the chart, it may be used create a T-Chart to compare and contrast the animals to Roz. Continue Reading

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