Subject: ESL/ELL (English Language Learning)

Lesson Length: 45 mins - 1 hour

Topic: Narration, Expression, Conflict

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12, 9

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will display multiple points of view.

Know Before You Start: Students should be familiar with what it means to contrast opposing viewpoints and, as a class, have read at least one book or novel with main characters who don’t agree.


  • Ask students:
    • “What are some examples of differences of opinion?”
    • “Can every type of conflict be resolved?”
    • “How can looking at conflict in literature help us resolve conflicts in our own lives?”


  • Have students read a book that has characters with conflicting ideas.
  • Have students identify the conflict or conflicts between two characters.
  • As a class, create a comic using a conflict from the book for students to use as an example.
  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a comic displaying a person or character that represents two literary characters from another story they have read that contains a conflict.


  • Have students share their comics with the class or in small groups.
  • Have students explain why they chose that book and that conflict from the book.
  • Discuss how similar conflicts may appear in students’ lives, e.g., differing ideas about how to accomplish the same goal; different beliefs about people.
  • Emphasize how conflict resolution occurs or does not occur in stories, just as in real life.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to work in pairs or groups as needed.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Allow students to choose the type of conflict they wish to portray; some students will be comfortable with more significant conflicts than others.
  • Allow students to use digital dictionaries/translators as appropriate for your class policy.


Suggested Story Starters: