Dealing With Bullying

Educational Objective: The student will react appropriately when bullied by another student.
Language Arts Standard: Listening and Speaking

Materials Needed:
The Prop Box with Costumes
Brainstorm Form
Appropriate Rubric: One for each student to complete during each role play

The Lesson:

• Identify Need
• Introductory Activity: Read an article from a newspaper. Avoid a classroom discussion of personal experiences. Get information from one of our Internet web sites on Bullying.
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill
1. Look at the person and use his name.
2. Remain calm and breathe deeply.
3. Use a neutral tone of voice and body language.
4. Request the bully that you can take care of yourself.
5. Remove yourself from his circle as soon as possible.
6. Report your experience to a grownup.

• Model the Skill
• Role Plays/Classroom Discussion- Complete Role Play Rubric
• Applications
• Independent Uses

Rubric for the Role Plays

Student (Speaker)____________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________

Date: _____________________
Observer's Name:___________________________________________

Observations: No Yes
Did the student look at the person and use his name?    
Did the student remain calm and breathe deeply?    
Did the student use a neutral tone of voice and body language?    
Did the student inform the bully that he could take care of himself?    
Did the student remove himself from his circle as soon as possible?    
Did the student report your experience to a grownup?    

Additional Comments: _______________________________________________________________________


District Video On Bullying:
"Peacetalks: Dealing with Bullies, Troublemakers & Dangerous Situations" VHS 4466 Grades 6- 12 Producer HRT 30 minutes 1997

See also web sites on Bullying

New Game! See

Playing ‘Block The Bully Cycle’ clearly shows how bullying is frequently unintentionally reinforced by bystanders who laugh at mean jokes, confer social status to bullies, or simply stand by and let bullying happen. Students will learn practical skills that they can use if they are:

· A target of bullying seeking non-violent skills for prevention
· A bystander who wants to discourage bullying
· A former bully who wants to gain popularity without resorting to bullying

The game intentionally avoids putting players in the role either of the intended victim or the bully, avoiding embarrassment and defensiveness.

Game includes a Teacher’s Booklet and complete lesson plan.

2 – 6 players Age 13+

See also "Steps to Respect: A Bullying Prevention Program" The program is also mentioned in our Resources section of this website.

Other Standards Address in Lesson:

6th Grade
Speaking Applications:
2.4 Offer a logical sequence of information and engage the listener, foster an acceptance of an idea.

7th Grade
Speaking Applications:
1.2 Determine a speakerís attitude toward a subject.
1.6 Use speaking techniques, including voice modulation , inflection, tempo, enunciation and eye contact for effective communication.

8th Grade
Speaking Applications:
1.2 Paraphrase a speakerís purpose and point of view and ask relevant questions concerning the speakerís content, delivery and purpose.
1.3 Organize information to achieve particular purposes by matching the message, vocabulary, voice modulation, expression and tone to the audience and purpose.

Teachers see a concise web page about bullying