Literary conflicts are often taught during ELA units. Building on prior knowledge to achieve mastery level with our students is important. An excellent way to focus on the various types of literary conflict is through storyboarding. Having students choose an example of each literary conflict and depict it using the storyboard creator is a great way to reinforce your lesson!

In this story, the major conflicts arise from General Zaroff"s practice of hunting human beings.

Examples of Literary Conflict from “The Most Dangerous Game”


MAN vs. MAN: Rainsford vs. ZaroffMost of the conflict centers around Zaroff"s bet with Rainsford. If Rainsford can survive on his island for three days while being hunted, Zaroff with help him leave Ship Trap Island.

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MAN vs. NATURE: Rainsford vs. Nature

Rainsford must overcome and survive nature several times. Examples: he falls off the boat and must make it ashore, and he must survive in the jungle for three days.

MAN vs. SELF: Rainsford vs. Himself

At the beginning of the story, Rainsford expresses an intense admiration for hunting. However, once he becomes the prey, he sees the sport from a different angle, and begins to shift his ​views.

MAN vs. SOCIETY: Zaroff vs. Society

Zaroff"s view of life and hunting have forced him into seclusion​ on Ship Trap Island. After becoming bored with hunting animals, he began to hunt humans, "the most dangerous game", which is illegal​ and frowned upon by society.

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Create a storyboard that shows at least three forms of literary conflict in “The Most Dangerous Game”.

Identify conflicts in “The Most Dangerous Game”.Categorize each conflict as Character vs. Character, Character vs. Self, Character vs. Society, Character vs. Nature, or Character vs. Technology.Illustrate conflicts in the cells, using characters from the story.Write a short description of the conflict below the cell.
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Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Types of Literary Conflict

Common Core Standards


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Types of Literary Conflict Rubric
Create a storyboard that shows at least three forms of literary conflict from the story. Support your choices with evidence from the text.
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Conflict Identification
Student identifies correct major conflicts and uses strong, clear textual evidence to support choice.
Student identifies correct major conflict and uses few or unclear details to support their choice.
Student identifies incorrect major conflict, and uses some details from the text to support their choice.
Student does not attempt to identify major conflict or identifies incorrect major conflict with no explanation.
Understanding Outcome
Student clearly shows the outcome of the conflict and its effects on the protagonist with evidence from the text.
Student shows the outcome of the conflict and its effect on the protagonist, but some evidence is unclear.
Student shows the outcome of the conflict, but does not examine its effect on the protagonist and uses some vague textual evidence.
Student does not clearly show the outcome of the conflict or use textual evidence.
Storyboard includes all required characters and clearly names them. Goes above and beyond by adding additional details.
Storyboard includes all required characters and clearly names them.
Storyboard includes protagonist and antagonist but leaves out other required characters.
Storyboard does not include the names of required characters.
Student clearly shows effort to convey the setting the scene of the book
Student attempts to convey setting and scene of the book, but lacks some clarity.
Student does not clearly convey the setting and scene.
Student makes little or no attempt to convey the setting or scene.
Spelling and Grammar
Student uses exemplary spelling and grammar. There are no errors.
Student makes a minor error in spelling and grammar.
Student makes several minor errors in spelling and grammar.
Student makes many errors in spelling and grammar; little attempt at spellchecking.
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