Jon Corippo, Apple Distinguised Educator and Google Certified Teacher, describes how he teaches students to identify the five types of conflict within text. Begin watching Corippo’s explanation at minute 9:55 for full context or at minute 12:25 if you simply want to see the strategy (here) and see how Corippo uses an engaging and rigorous method to get students proficient with this outcome.
Further into the video, Corippo describes a process helping students with characterization. Corippo has generously shared the lesson plan and graphic organizer that accompanies the exercise with us. The video is great and the lesson moves teachers from modeling, to guided practice, to independence. The lesson can be downloaded here.