Activity Overview

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


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


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


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.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

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.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group

Type of Activity: Types of Literary Conflict

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/1] Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/6/9] Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


(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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