Identifying Conflict in Out of My Mind

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Out of My Mind - Conflict

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Storyboarding is an excellent way to focus on types of literary conflict. Have your students choose an example of each literary conflict and depict them using the Storyboard Creator.

The main conflict of Out of My Mind centers around Melody's inability to express herself to others because of her physical disability. However, there are many other conflicts that arise between characters, with Melody and herself, and with Melody and the world around her.

Using a traditional three-cell storyboard with titles and descriptions, identify three different types of conflict that are described in the text. Visually represent an example of each conflict, along with an explanation of the scene, and how it fits the particular category of conflict. Label each type in the title cell and describe how it is shown in the description cell.

Examples of Literary Conflict in Out of My Mind

MAN vs. MAN

Melody gets upset with her mother for dressing her for convenience and not fashionably.


MAN vs. SELF

Melody is angry with her own body. She doesn't understand why she has to be the way she is.


MAN vs. TECHNOLOGY

Melody struggles to enter all the information she wants her communication board to contain, so she can say all of the million things she's never been able to say.



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Create a storyboard that shows at least three forms of literary conflict in Out of My Mind.


  1. Identify conflicts in Out of My Mind.
  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.

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