This is a lesson plan aimed at students in grade 7 and 8. It is designed to teach students how to recognize bullying and how to deal with it in a proactive way. Students will participate in an interactive two part lesson that incorporates literacy, multi media, decision making skills and drama.
By the end of the two part lesson students will be able to:
Give a clear concise definition of what bullying entails
Inform people of the four main categories of bullying
Recognize bullying around them and have the tools to effectively deal with the situation.
Materials Needed by the Teacher:
Print out of the four scenarios
Chart paper and markers
Lap top and L.E.D. projector
Copy of the family feud answers
Part I: Recognizing Bullying
This first lesson will help students recognize what bullying looks and sounds like. They will learn the four categories of bullying and understand what each entails.
Which One Is Bullying?
Read the following four scenarios to your class. Ask your students to vote on which ones are examples of bullying. As they vote, ask them to explain why they think that the scenario they have chosen is an example of bullying.
Tom is in grade 8. He is scared to go to school because Marcus, a boy in his class, likes to lock Tom inside his locker.
Christina is in grade 7. Lately, her friend Maria has started hanging out with a new girl in the class, Justine. When Christina walks over to the two girls at recess, Maria and Justine will either pretend they can’t hear what Christina says to them or they will run away laughing.
Steven got braces two weeks ago. Kate, a girl in his class, has been making fun of him every time he smiles, calling him Braceface and Metal Mouth. Steven doesn’t like to show his teeth anymore at school because he knows Kate will make jokes about it.
Brittany is having an MSN chat with Torie. They are talking about the kids in their class and Brittany tells Torie that she has a crush on Ethan, the new boy in the class. The next day, Brittany discovers that Torie has copied their message and emailed it to all the kids in their grade, including Ethan.
After discussing each scenario, come up with a class definition of what bullying is. On chart paper, write your definition of bullying and have the students give you examples of the types of bullying that occur in the four main categories.
Each of the four scenarios were examples of bullying. You can see how bullying comes in many forms. Some are easy to see, while others are a little more difficult to tell. What do you think Bullying is?
Guide them to realizing that it is a repeated behaviour that is intentional and designed to inflict harm on the victim.
Each scenario described one of the four main types of bullying. Not all bullying is done through hitting and pushing others. Some bullying is done through the words that we use or the way that we treat each other.
There are four types of bullying.
They are Physical (punching, kicking, spitting);
Verbal (Name calling, threatening, teasing);
Indirect or Psychological (spreading rumours, excluding people from games and groups) and
Cyber (writing mean things on someone’s face book, emailing embarrassing photos of people).
Write the four types of bullying on the board and discuss what each one entails. Ask your students to give examples of each type and write them on the board.
Using your laptop and an L.E.D. projector, play a few internet clips of popular television shows and have the students put them in the four categories.
We are going to look at a few clips from television shows that most of us watch each week. See if you can identify which of the four types of bullying is happening in the clip.
Some ideas for bullies in television clips are:
Gossip Girl: Blair Waldorf does a lot of psychological bullying
The Simpsons: Nelson is famous for his physical and verbal bullying
Degrassi TNG: Time Stands Still Episode: Spinner and Jay tar and feather a classmate humiliating him in front of the whole school