Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic, Story Conflict, and addresses the standard of analyzing how different elements of a story interact, like the influence of characters on the plot. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

  • Ask students to think of their favorite story. Then ask: What problem did the main character face? 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a trailer for a book you’ve read. Describe the conflict, and how the conflict drives the story. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map that identifies features and shares examples of each type of story conflict. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a comic that tells a story involving one type of story conflict. 

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about Story Conflict. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • How does conflict drive the action of the plot?
  • How do characters’ conflicts help to shape the other elements of a story? 

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Story Conflict Quiz

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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