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A High-Interest Novel Helps Struggling Readers Confront Bullying in Schools

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A High-Interest Novel Helps Struggling Readers Confront Bullying in Schools

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Six 90-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Kathleen Benson Quinn

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


International Literacy Association


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Kadie Wintzer

February 04, 2012

I think bullying is a huge problem in schools that is often enough ignored. Bullying these days can come in so many form ranging from facebook, to texting and so on and so on. I think its very important that kids are taught not only that this is a problem that exists but are also taught strategies on how to cope with this type of situation; like staying strong, beliving in yourself and ignoring what others are saying. I love the part of the lesson where the students are asked to journal because I think that will give them an opportunity to reflect upon their lives and specific situations they have encountered where they may have been bullied and talk about it. The readers theater is also a great part of the lesson because it helps the kids who are reading the novel who may no understand what it feels like to be bullied really get into the character and empathize with how the character is feeling. I felt those two parts of the lesson's were very strong and I will use this lesson in my classroom.



May 29, 2011

My students were completely wrapped up in the story. It was fun to watch them jump out of there skinns when the bell rang because they were so focussed on what we were reading they hadn't noticed time passing. WE read the part where Darrell finally stands up to Tyray and my entire class was actually whooping for Darrell. I was able to use that to show them that they were actually making a movie of the action in their heads. Usually I am told that they don't see the action they are reading about. I was able to point out that there was no way for them to be so engrossed in a story that they were whooping out loud without the images in their heads.


Karin Kroener-Valdivia

March 09, 2011

I am a huge fan of the whole Bluford series, have been using the books for years. I tell every teacher I meet to buy a class set! This lesson would be great to use in conjunction with the free video on Bullying from Teaching Tolerance, put out by the Southern Poverty Law Center!



April 09, 2010

I am currently working on a UDL project. I have to find where the plan has used UDL and design ways to add more UDL's. I will keep you posted!



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