Louis Bayard: Using Triangles as a Writer
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: New September 2022! Author Louis Bayard talks about the use of triangles in writing fiction to create conflict.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: Literature-253**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Make identifying any triangles in your students’ assigned reading a regular part of the project.
  • Have students develop their own fictional triangle and create a scene between them emphasizing conflict.
  • After completing their own fictional triangle scene, have students pair up and attempt to modify each other’s scene by adding a fourth character. What are the challenges and opportunities involved? How does it affect the conflict in the scene and the structure of the scene?


*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.