Conflicts in Literature


You can have students interact with this anchor chart by using sticky notes. One way is to take one book. Have students write example of this conflict in the story.

Examples for Hatchet

  • Technology: Brian must drive and land the airplane after the pilot dies.

  • Nature: Brian battles a tornado.

  • Self: Brian must come to terms with his parents divorce.

You can also list a number of books as I have here. Students select a sticky note, place it on the chart, and then explain why the book contains this type of conflict.


This free story elements PowerPoint contains a section that goes over types of conflicts. It also contains practice. Just click on the image to download the PowerPoint.