Illustrating Types of Literary Conflict in Hatchet Storyboard

Illustrating Types of Literary Conflict in Hatchet Storyboard
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Hatchet Lesson Plans

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Lesson Plans by Becky Harvey

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen tells the story of Brian, a young boy who survives a plane crash that leaves him alone in the wilderness in Canada. Through internal conflict, external forces working against him, and with the help of his hatchet (a recent present from his mother), Brian learns to survive on his own. Paulsen breaks down the different types of conflict and helps his readers better understand how a small event can affect the larger plot of a story.


Storyboard Description

Identify Literary Conflict in Hatchet and illustrate it with this fun student activity!

Storyboard Text

  • MAN vs SELF
  • The pilot and Brian are helpless in the fight against nature when the pilot suffers a heart attack.
  • Brian doubts that he will survive alone in the woods. This is an internal conflict where his doubts threaten his survival.
  • When Brian realizes his mom is cheating on his dad, he has conflicting feelings toward both his mom and her "friend". He also has an internal conflict about keeping this awful "secret" to himself.
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