Ask students to identify the major conflicts that occur in the story. Use prompts to help them think about their role in the plot:

  • How does each conflict impact the rest of the plot?
  • What specific events highlight these conflicts?
  • If any of these events happened differently, how would the plot have changed?
  • How do the perspectives of various characters differ on these conflicts?
  • Which conflicts are resolved? How? Which conflicts remain unresolved? Why?
  • To whom are the resolutions satisfying? Why?
  • Who is not satisfied by the resolutions? Why?
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