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Storyboarding is an excellent way to focus on types of literary conflicts.

Having students create storyboards that show the cause and effect of different types of conflicts strengthens analytical thinking about literary concepts. Have your students choose an example of each literary conflict and depict them using the Storyboard Creator. In the storyboard, an example of each conflict should be visually represented, along with an explanation of the scene, and how it fits the particular category of conflict.

Tris is in direct conflict with many other characters. Peter, in particular, strongly dislikes her, which creates a number of conflicts. Peter’s fight with Tris during the initiation is just one of many times the two come into conflict with each other.

Al’s suicide creates an internal conflict for Tris. Although she cannot forgive him for trying to kill her, she never wanted him dead. She blames herself for his death and struggles to find peace of mind after his funeral.

Because she is divergent, Tris does not truly fit into any faction, and she struggles to find her place in society. Although Tris enjoys many aspects of both Abnegation and Dauntless life, she also find things to critique in each. Because the Erudite see divergence as a threat to their society, Tris’s difference also puts her in a dangerous position.

The simulation serum is a technology that creates the climactic conflict in the novel. The Erudite serum is used to control the Dauntless soldiers and start an all-out war between the factions. Tris is immune to the effects of the serum, but must face the chaos it causes.

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking “Copy Activity”, update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)

Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that shows at least three forms of literary conflict in Divergent.

(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Proficient Emerging Beginning

Conflict Identification

Student identifies conflicts as directed and labels them accurately in their correct categories.

Student misidentifies one conflict or includes it in an incorrect category.

Student misidentifies two or more conflicts or includes them in incorrect categories.

Conflict Explanation

The storyboard text describes the specific example depicted, not just a general problem. The text clearly explains how the example reflects its particular type of conflict.

The storyboard text describes the specific example depicted, but may lack clarity. Text may fail to fully explain how the example reflects its particular type of conflict.

Storyboard is missing text or contains only partial and/or inaccurate information.

Storyboard Image and Effort

Student clearly shows effort to convey the setting, characters and specific scene of the book. The scene is clearly identifiable based on the graphic depiction.

Student attempts to convey the setting, characters, and specific scene through use of graphics, but the depiction may be confusing, disordered, or lack some detail.

Student does not clearly convey the setting, characters, and scene.

Spelling and Grammar

Student uses exemplary spelling and grammar. There are no errors.

Student makes one or two minor errors in spelling and grammar.

Student makes multiple errors in spelling and grammar.

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