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7th Grade- Intro To Conflict - Monsters On Maple Street

The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street

Dana Hoover

on 25 July 2014

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Transcript of 7th Grade- Intro To Conflict - Monsters On Maple Street

What is Conflict?
Person vs. Person
(External Conflict)
Person vs. Society
(External Conflict)
Person vs. Nature
(External Conflict)
Person vs. Self
(Internal Conflict)
The struggle between two or more characters in a story.
The character battles an element of government or culture.

Let's look at some examples of conflict
A struggle that takes place inside the character's mind.

For example: a character struggling to overcome fear, addiction, anger, emotional damage or other crippling personal issues.
The character battles against a natural force.
Example: flood, animal, tornado, fire
Let's Practice
Person vs.?
Person vs.?
Person vs.?
Person vs. ?
When you hear the word
conflict, what comes to mind? A situation? Another term? A definition?

A conflict in literature, is simply,
a problem.

Conflicts, in literature,
are very important. Without a conflict, there would be no story.
What was the problem in:
-The Three Little Pigs
-Hunger Games
-Harry Potter
Take away the problem(s) and you have NO STORY!!
In literature, we use the word PLOT a lot. A simple definition of plot is the storyline...the sequence of events in a story.
Here is our PLOT DIAGRAM.
Where, on the plot diagram, and in the story, will the conflict be introduced?
To expose means to show.
In the EXPOSITION, we are exposed to the character(s) and the setting. We are introduced to them. Exposition = introduction. The CONFLICT will be introduced in the exposition.
Within the Exposition, we have the INCITING INCIDENT.
The inciting incident is often called the catalyst. Basically, it is the thing that happens that creates change and starts the story. And what creates change and starts a story....
And this arrow shows us the end of the story. We call the end, the conclusion or the resolution. The French word is DENOUEMENT. (used in literature)
It's the incident the creates change for the main character and drop kicks the plot forward...moving you on, on the plot diagram.
So what happens after the inciting incident or catalyst?
A lot! Lots of action! Lots of events and situations! We call this RISING ACTION. Without the CONFLICT, there would be no rising action, no climax, no resolution...no story!
Common Inciting Incidents / Catalysts:
Look at the Grinch. His conflict came when Christmas time came to the Whos. Had he been in his cave and had no idea that it was Christmas, he would have never experienced the growth! He needed the conflict to move him from Point A (grumpy) to Point A (happy)!
We are going to use our plot foldable and what we know about plot to diagram the plot in GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS.
We know that all stories follow this pattern: thanks to Gustav Freytag.
Remember these? They would certainly cause conflict!
-someone dies
-something is won or lost
-something life-changing is discovered
-something happens that is the exact opposite of what was expected
-something is decided that changes the course of the main character's life
People look at CONFLICT as a bad thing. But just like conflict is necessary in literature to make a story...the struggles/problems/conflicts we encounter in life are necessary, too. Watch...
Let's Take A Look
At the Three Little Pigs.
What good, came out of the conflict with the Big Bad Wolf?
-stronger brotherly love
-knowledge that they can get through anything
What about in Goldilocks and the Three Bears?
The bears had their house broken into! The bears had their home vandalized!!
What good came out of this?
So remember:
-Without conflict, there would be no story.
-without conflict/obstacles, there would be no growth.
Excluding cliffhangers and to-be-continued stories, the conflict will be resolved in the RESOLUTION. It doesn't have the be the resolution the character or reader wants. It's simply a resolution.
The definition of conflict is the struggle between 2 opposing forces.
But when the word CONFLICT is mentioned, most people only think of one type....
People think only about conflicts among people. This type of conflict is called Person Vs. Person
In literature, person versus person, also called man versus man, is only one type of conflict. It's the easiest one to identify because it's when one person is struggling with another.
When we say, person versus person, we are talking about the characters. Though this next clip, features animals..it is an example of person versus person.
However, if you think about all the stories you've read and shows you've watched, the conflicts have not just been person versus person. Here are some, but not all, types of conflict we will see in literature.
1. Person versus Person
2. Person verus Self
3. Person versus Nature
4. Person versus Society

Person versus Self???
This sounds weird, but it's actually very common. Have you ever struggled with thoughts such as these:
-What should I wear?? Should I wear this or that? Ugh! I don't look good in anything today!
-Should I do it? I mean, I know it's wrong, but I probably won't get caught. Ugh. What should I do?
-Ugh! Why is my hair like this? I hate my nose! If only my butt wasn't so big!!
In this case, you aren't struggling with another person like in Person Versus Person....you're struggling with yourself! It's an INTERNAL (inter- inside) struggle...taking place inside your mind. Person Versus Person is an example of an EXTERNAL (exter-outside) conflict.

-choice between doing right and wrong
-physical limitation
-choices you must make
-something deep in your soul you struggle with
Let's watch a quick video showing the difference between EXTERNAL and INTERNAL conflicts.
Watch this video clip and explain why it is an example of an INTERNAL CONFLICT....
Person versus Nature is another example of an external conflict. It's a struggle between characters and mother nature. Mother Nature = weather, animals, insects.
Person verus Nature is a conflict that many movies use!
Check out this trailer from the movie Twister.
How is this an example of Person Versus Nature?
Person versus Society is also an example of an EXTERNAL STRUGGLE. It's a struggle between a character and the laws or beliefs of a group.
Could involve: poverty, politics, social norms, expectations, values
In this video clip, one woman, Rosa Parks, is struggling with society. It was the norm in this time for African-Americans to sit in the back of the bus, not to be able to vote, to have fewer rights. She struggles with this, and battles against it.
Let's Review the Types of Conflict:

We're going to create a FOLDABLE that will help us keep our conflicts straight.
You're going to use what you learned about conflict, and your reference materials, to sort and distinguish between the types of conflict.
Teacher- distribute materials
We are going to read a read a story that was featured on THE TWILIGHT ZONE.
The author is Rod Serling (1924 -1975).
-American playwright
-tv producer
-active in politics
-His tv series, The Twilight Zone, dealt with lots of issues of the day: racism, censorship, war
He also wrote
Planet of the Apes!
Pre-Reading Discussion:

-Have you ever been afraid of something? Explain.
-Were you ever a follower...copying what everyone else did? Explain.
-How do you think rumors get started?
Rod wrote for tv. This story is the script. We'll need actors/actresses to play the parts. Let's assign roles now.
Teacher - Use the role tracker to do this.
Our Reading Goals:

1. You will have to identify the theme and provide textual evidence.
2. You must identify Rod's purpose.
3. You will have to identify the types of conflicts in this story, giving the example of each conflict.
Let's Read!
Keep the reading goals in your mind!
Reminder to our actors....Read with Expression! Follow along with us, so you know where we are at all times.
"The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street"
Let's Revisit Our Goals:
With your group, answer (in paragraph format) the following essay questions.
You will present to the class.

1. What is the theme? Write it in one sentence. Then, write up a paragraph giving textual evidence proving that theme to be true. (Use your 'Writing About Theme & Transition Words' notes)
2. What is Rod Serling's purpose for writing the story? Follow the (R)ACE method. Use your notes! Give textual evidence!

How many of each conflict types can you name? You will do this POST-IT style. Find as many examples of each conflict as you can. Write each on a post-it and glue it beneath the conflict heading time. Make your chart paper visually appealing! Include the title. Add any creative tidbit, but remember the focus is on conflict type.

Teacher- Distribute post-its, heading form, and chart paper.
Let's Watch A 20 minute Modern Adaptation of Serling's classic: Monsters Are Due On Maple Street.
This marks the end
of this PREZI. You are now
leaving the TWILIGHT ZONE.
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