Defining Conflict Using "The Interlopers"

Feeling conflicted? Work out those issues with a language arts lesson on internal and external conflict. Using "The Interlopers" by Saki, class members identify the conflicts between the characters before writing their own short stories that feature well-crafted conflicts as well.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners read the story before class, coming to instruction ready to discuss what they have read
  • Use within a unit focused on elements of plot
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson only provides one day for learners to read the story, write a three-page story, and share with partners; consider extending the timeline
  • Though designed for high school, the resource is more appropriate for middle school classes
  • The final part of a three-lesson unit on elements of a story
  • Requires a class set of the short story
Pros

  • Encourages creative writing and synthesis
  • Delineates between the two types on conflicts pupils are likely to encounter in literature
Cons

  • None
Common Core