Last week I taught a powerful lesson on ‘character conflict in literature’. This lesson came out of the grades 6-7 Interactive Read Alouds by Linda Hoyt; the lesson was taught to my 4-5 challenge students. The lesson used the book Faithful Elephants:
This true story is a tear-jerker! The story is laden with conflict, and in the lesson you work as a class to break down 4 types of character conflict: character vs. character (external), charcater vs. self (internal), charcater vs. nature (external), and character vs. society (external). The students used a premade organizer that came with the lesson. The next day (in step with the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model) the students worked in pairs to synthesize information from thei S.S. book (A History of Us) a few chapters on Christopher Columbus. The students used the following Google Docs template to organize the conflict examples they collected. This lesson was powerful and thanks to Google Docs I am able to easily keep track of what my students are thinking as they work through their assignment.