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A Bad Case of Bullying: Using Literature Response Groups

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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
Lesson Author

Lisa Cranston

Lisa Cranston

Comber, Ontario


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon (Scholastic, 2004)

  • Computers with Internet access

  • Chart paper and markers

  • Large index cards

  • Lima beans

  • Sticky notes

  • Student reflection journals

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Obtain a copy of the book A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon, which tells the story of Camilla Cream, a little girl who is very worried about what other people think of her. She is so worried, in fact, that she stops eating her favorite food, lima beans, because none of the other kids at school like them.

If you can't find a copy of A Bad Case of Stripes, try one of these alternative books with similar themes:

  • Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber (Houghton Mifflin, 2000)
  • First Grade King by Karen L. Williams and Lena Shiffman (Clarion Books, 1992)
  • Oliver Button is a Sissy by Tomie dePaola (Harvest Books, 1979)
  • Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes (HarperTrophy, 1996)
2. Check that each student has a response journal or learning log.

3. Purchase lima beans at a local grocery or produce store to use when introducing the book A Bad Case of Stripes in Session 1.

4. Visit Teaching Resources from Laura Candler (link for Strategies) to learn more about literature response groups and how to most effectively implement this instructional approach in your classroom.

5. Before beginning the lesson, use index cards to designate a list of students in each literature response group. Groups should be heterogeneous and contain no more than five to six students each.

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