Students read a work of realistic fiction about bullying and gain understanding through writing, Readers Theatre, and discussion.
Balloons serve as a conduit in this lesson in which students "burst" stereotypes that unfairly label individuals or groups.
Requiring students to preview a topic prior to discussing a difficult text or challenging topic aids student comprehension and allows for deeper discussion. In this activity, 8th grade students respond in writing to quotes from a book independently and then rotate from one quote to another responding to additional quotes or student responses.Students share their thoughts and predictions during a whole class discussion using quotes to support their thinking. Individual reflection closes the lesson and prepares students for the next days reading by asking students to predict the theme or storyline based on the quotes and class discussion.