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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Person vs. the Environment Conflict

Teaching Conflict in Literature - Person vs. 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.

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Activities to Use with Brian’s Winter

Diorama from Hatchet and 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 Paulsen’s alternate ending to Hatchet.

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Teaching the Persuasive Technique – Name Calling

Teaching the Persuasive Technique Name Calling with Commercials

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. Continue Reading

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Walk Two Moons Context Clues Game Activities

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech Teaching Ideas

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

Teaching the Persuasive Technique Loaded Words with Commercials

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. Continue Reading

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