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Activity Overview

Literary conflicts are important for students to be able to identify as they read stories. The conflicts that the main character faces help drive the story forward. In this activity, students will create a storyboard illustrating examples of literary conflict in A Long Walk to Water. Having students choose an example of each literary conflict is an excellent way to reinforce the lesson, and gives the students a chance to creatively show what they have learned.

A Long Walk to Water Conflict Examples

Character vs. Character: Salva is constantly interacting with others who either abandon him or try to hurt/kill him.

Character vs. Self: Salva often doubts his ability to persevere.

Character vs. Nature: Salva must walk for a very long time in sweltering heat.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a 3 cell storyboard that describes and illustrates the literary conflicts in A Long Walk to Water.

Student Instructions:

  1. Write a conflict in each heading.
  2. Create an illustration that represents each heading using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  3. Write a short summary of each conflict in the space below the illustration.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/3] Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution


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