story sticks: Great lesson: This lesson would be great to give kids ideas for different types of stories to write. You simply pick a stick from each color and then make a story that has that person, action, place, and thing. This will get kids creative juices flowing!
In one of my seventh grade classes we're discussing different types of conflicts. We began our current short story unit with the story, "All Summer in a Day," by Ray Bradbury. To help them visualize conflicts, I wrote examples beneath the "umbrellas" - Internal and External. Then they can read examples of Man V. Self, Man V. Man, Man V. Nature, and Man V. Society from the story. We'll refer to this as we continue the unit.