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BULLYING: A GUIDE

Macaroni Boy by Katherine Ayres

Blubber by Judy Blume

Spider Boy by Ralph Fletcher

True Blue by Jeffrey Lee

Feather Boy by Nick Springer

The books in this guide all deal with bullying. Use the questions to open discussion with your students on this important topic. Additional themes include challenges, friendships growing up, peer pressure, and self-discovery.

ABOUT BULLYING

Bullying isnt a new problem in schools. Almost all adults will say that they either encountered or knew a bully in their childhood. Some will say they were victimized, and others will admit to being innocent bystanders. And, some may even reveal that they were bullies themselves.

No one wants to be called names or teased and taunted. No one wants to be left out of a ballgame or a school activity. No one wants their personal belongings ruined or their secrets revealed. New kids in school, and children who are different, especially mentally and physically challenged kids, are often the targets. These kids are already on the outside, and therefore vulnerable. Bullies are seeking attention and want to feel important. They feed their low self-esteem by being mean to others.

Newspapers, magazines, television and radio news are filled with incidents of schoolyard bullying. Why has bullying become such a worldwide issue in schools today? Is bullying the beginning of school violence? Whatever the reasons, schools and parents must develop ways of helping children cope with the local school bully. Children who are being bullied are often quiet about it. The bully may have threatened them if they “tattle” or they may feel embarrassed.

HOW TO RESPOND

Observant adults will notice if a child is quieter than usual, suddenly afraid of going to school, shows a drop in grades, and doesnt want to play with friends or participate in after school activities. Ask questions. Engage them in conversation about the way they are feeling. Role-play a hypothetical incident. Encourage them to talk with someone they trust. Suggest they write about their feelings in a journal. Give them books to read.

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ecarcaise, May 14, 2013 (view all comments by ecarcaise)
My daughter had to read this book for her 5th grade reading class project. She brought it home one evening to catch up on a missed chapter and we decided to read it together. I found the book very fascinating, especially since we are from the Pittsburgh area and some of the stores from the book are still there in the Strip District. Although I only got to read one chapter, I am excited to get the book and read it for myself. Her class took a field trip to the Strip District and got to see some of the places in the book. It is an excellent read for 5th grade and beyond.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780440418849
Author:
Ayres, Katherine
Publisher:
Yearling Books
Author:
Katherine Ayres
Subject:
General
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Mysteries / Detective
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Depressions -- 1929.
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
JUVENILE FICTION / General
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction-Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction
Subject:
Children s Middle Readers-General
Subject:
Historical - United States - 20th Century
Edition Description:
Collector's and
Publication Date:
20040731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.62x5.16x.51 in. .29 lbs.
Age Level:
08-12

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