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Is it ever ok to stand up to a bully? A great character-building lesson focuses on standing up for one's self and communicating needs. Middle school pupils observe a clip from the movie Hoot and discuss the art of effective speaking and listening skills. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Invite learners to share a time when they stood up for themselves in a tense situation
  • Ask the class why they think Beatrice didn't have a comeback when she was confronted about her behavior
Classroom Considerations

  • If possible, show additional scenes from the movie to provide a little more back story to the clip; seeing what the main characters are doing before this scene would be helpful

  • The listening skills group activity is a great way for the class to identify what qualities good listeners have
  • Dialog in the clip is very realistic and impactful

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Common Core