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A Bad Case of Bullying: Using Literature Response Groups
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Three 40-minute sessions|
This lesson provides an opportunity for students to reflect upon and personally relate to a teacher read-aloud of a narrative story. The lesson could be used with other stories; however, A Bad Case of Stripes allows for a personal connection by having students reflect on similar situations or emotions in their own lives. Acceptable behaviors and ways to prevent bullying in the classroom and school are also discussed.
- It's My Life: Beat the Bully: In this online interactive game, students answer a series of questions about dealing with bullying.
- It's My Life: Story Strips: In this online interactive activity, students choose a story strip situation that describes a school bully and fill in the character bubbles with how they think the scene would play out.
Spiegel, D.L. (1998). Silver bullets, babies, and bath water: Literature response groups in a balanced literacy program. The Reading Teacher, 52(2), 114-124.
- Literature response groups allow students to explore issues of common interest and relate what they have read to their own lives.
- Social interactions invite readers to extend their thinking and prolong their involvement with the text.
- Students may write their responses to literature first; the discussion with the group often leads to further clarification and readers return to their journals with expanded ideas.