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Activity Overview


Literary conflicts are often taught during ELA units. An excellent way to focus on the various types of literary conflict is through storyboarding. Having students choose an example of each Literary conflict and depict it using storyboards is a great way to reinforce your lesson.

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl is rife with conflict. There are many interpersonal conflicts between the characters, as well as larger societal conflicts. The Franks are driven into hiding because of the anti-Jewish policies of the Nazi regime, and on a smaller scale, Anne gets annoyed and hurt by the adults who criticize her.

Have students choose one, or a few, of the conflicts in Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. Using a T-Chart or a traditional storyboard, students can identify various examples of conflicts and depict them with explanations. In the prototype example below, each cell contains a particular type of conflict. The type of conflict is displayed, and visually represented with an explanation of the scene, and how it fits the specific category of conflict.

Examples of Literary Conflict in Anne Frank

MAN vs. MAN

Mrs. Van Daan and Mr. Van Daan regularly get into arguments, sometimes over very trivial matters. The limited space in the Secret Annexe means the rest of the occupants are also affected.


MAN vs. SELF

Anne struggles with the isolation and boredom of the seclusion in the Secret Annexe and with fear of being caught. She writes letters to her friend, "Kitty", that are really diary entries.


MAN vs. SOCIETY

Leading up to and during World War II, Nazi Germany persecuted and eventually imprisoned Jews in concentration camps. Millions of Jews died there.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Types of Literary Conflict

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/3] Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/5] Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise
  • [ELA-Literacy/SL/9-10/2] Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that shows at least three forms of conflict in the Diary of Anne Frank.


  1. Identify conflicts in the Diary of Anne Frank.
  2. Categorize each conflict as Character vs. Character, Character vs. Self, Character vs. Society, Character vs. Nature, or Character vs. Technology.
  3. Illustrate conflicts in the cells, using characters from the story.
  4. Write a short description of the conflict below the cell.



Rubric

(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)



Types of Literary Conflict Rubric for Middle School
Create a storyboard that shows at least three forms of literary conflict from the story. Support your choices with evidence from the text.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Conflict Identification
Student identifies conflicts as directed and labels them accurately in their correct categories.
Student misidentifies one conflict or includes it in an incorrect category.
Student misidentifies two or more conflicts or includes them in incorrect categories.
Conflict Explanation
The storyboard text describes the specific example depicted, not just a general problem. The text clearly explains how the example reflects its particular type of conflict.
The storyboard text describes the specific example depicted, but may lack clarity. Text may fail to fully explain how the example reflects its particular type of conflict.
Storyboard is missing text or contains only partial and/or inaccurate information.
Storyboard Image and Effort
Student clearly shows effort to convey the setting, characters and specific scene of the book. The scene is clearly identifiable based on the graphic depiction.
Student attempts to convey the setting, characters, and specific scene through use of graphics, but the depiction may be confusing, disordered, or lack some detail.
Student does not clearly convey the setting, characters, and scene.
Spelling and Grammar
Student uses exemplary spelling and grammar. There are no errors.
Student makes one or two minor errors in spelling and grammar.
Student makes multiple errors in spelling and grammar.




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