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

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Bully, bullied, or bystander? Paul Langan's The Bully is the anchor text in a unit that examines bullying and violence. After a close reading of the text, readers imagine themselves as the characters and consider how they would react in similar situations.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • An educator's guide to bullying, directions for how to create a reader's theater, and other preparatory materials can be found by tapping the Resources & Preparation tab
  • Consider showing the 96-minute 1980 film My Bodyguard in conjunction with the unit
Classroom Considerations

  • A safe classroom environment is required for many of the discussions in the unit
  • As with any activity that involves emotional issues, set aside time after the reader's theater exercise to let readers reflect on the experience and decompress
  • Tabs divide the packet into Preview, Standards, Resources & Preparation, Instructional Plan, Related Resources, and Comments sections
  • To see the Common Core Standards that are aligned to the resource, tap the Standards tab and then select a state and grade, level
Pros

  • Includes a list of websites that provide instructors with preparatory materials
  • Tabs provide easy access to unit elements
  • Detailed directions are included for all six lessons
  • Extensions, assessment, and reflections are included
Cons

  • The six lessons in the unit follow the same daily pattern of independent or partner reading, working on character or conflict maps, and whole class sharing
  • Consider diversifying and adding additional formative and summative assessment methods