1. As an anticipation activity, ask the question, "What is conflict?" to your class. Write the responses on the board and discuss. By the end of the discussion, students should understand that conflict is a struggle between forces.
2. Introduce these four types of conflict. As you explain the definition of each one, ask students for examples from the reading they have done in class so far. (Or if they haven't done much reading in class yet, ask for examples from other books or movies.) Direct students to take notes of the definitions and examples during this process.
Person vs. Person
A person struggles against another person. This struggle can be physical, but is often a struggle of ideas or emotions.
- Example: A child gets teased by a bully on the schoolyard.
Person vs. Self
A person struggles internally, often with a difficult decision or with confusion about herself.
- Example: A student must decide whether or not to cheat on a test.
Person vs. Nature
A person struggles against forces of nature. This can include natural forces like storms, struggles against animals, and struggles against physical ailments, like disease.
- Example: A child in a wheelchair struggles with the inability to walk.
Person vs. Society
A person struggles against social norms and social institutions.
- Example: A person wants to break a law because he thinks it's unfair.