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EDRE 4870/ Fall 2015

Ashley Leitschuh
12/1/15

Topic Text Set: Bullying


Grade 2nd

I.

Introduction to Text Set


According to Stompoutbullying.org, 1 out of 5 kids admits to being a
bully, or doing some "bullying." This is a startling statistic, and one
that needs to be shared with adults and children alike. When I
looked into text sets, I wanted to make one about something I was
passionate about, and so I decided on bullying. This is an issue that
affects millions of kids, regardless of socioeconomic factors, age,
race, gender, and orientation. All students have either experienced
bullying, seen bullying going on around them as a bystander, known
of a friend or someone they love who was bullied, or even been the
bully themselves. Nothing diminishes a childs confidence like
bullying, and students cannot be expected to excel in school if they
do not feel safe, confident and protected. Through my text set, my
goal is for my students to be able to recognize bullying and stop it
before it becomes an issue. I also want them to have a pre-made
speech in their head that they will be able to use in the case that
they need to confront a bully themselves. As an extension to this
text set lesson, I would do some project-based learning and have
them put together plans that can help combat bullying the school

we are in. They will physically create a presentation or an invention


that will be used in our school, which gives them the feeling that
they can actually make a difference. In my future classroom, I plan
to use this text set to teach my students what it means to bully,
how to confront bullying, and what we can all do to change the
prevalence of bullies in schools. Many of the resources I
documented are stories about overcoming bullying, whether it is
with the help of a friend or on their own. Also, most of the books are
about animals. I chose these specifically because they help to
soften the subject and take bullying out of the human world and
apply it to something that is more fun and simpler to understand.
The children will be able to understand how bullying in the animal
stories translates into real life through discussions and assignments.
I feel that this Bullying Text Set is comprehensive and helpful to any
educator who is teaching about bullying.

II. Essential Question

WHAT IS BULLYING?

Rationale for this Essential Question:


I chose this essential question because I have seen firsthand how much of an issue
bullying is these days in schools. Children are bullied about things like their clothing,
the way they talk, the grades they get, and the things they like. This is something
that absolutely has no place in schools, and it is so important for me as the teacher
to begin the conversation with an essential question that is broad enough to begin
an in depth conversation. By using texts and resources that are age appropriate, the
students will be engaged and interested in learning about this topic, and they will
feel equipped to stop bullying when they see or experience it happening.

The TEKS that can be met effectively using the texts I have chosen are
below:

2ND GRADE
Languages other than English
(10) Personal/interpersonal skills. The student understands healthy and appropriate ways to
communicate consideration and respect for
self, family, friends, and others. The student is
expected to:
(A) describe how to effectively communicate;
(B) express needs, wants, and emotions in healthy ways;
(C) explain the benefits of practicing self control;

(D)describe how to effectively respond to bullying of oneself or others; and


(E) explain the benefits of treating friends, teachers, family members, and peers with respect
Health Education
(12) Personal/interpersonal skills. The student understands that bullying behaviors result in negative
consequences throughout the life span. The student is expected to:
(A) identify negative consequences that result from bullying behaviors; and
(B) identify ways to respond when made to feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

III. Inquiry Web

IV. Bibliography Inquiry Chart


Title
Author
Publication Info
1. Fries, C. (2000) A Pig is Moving In!. New York: Orchard
Publishing

Genre

Fiction

Relevant
Content
Areas
ELA,
Reading,
Listening,
Viewing,
Social
Studies

2. Pinkney, J. (1999) The Ugly Duckling. New York: HarperCollins

Fiction

ELA,
Reading,
Listening,
Viewing,
Social
Studies

3. Velthuijs, M. (2000) Frog and the Stranger. Frankfurt: Milit


Publishing

Fiction

ELA,
Reading,
Listening,
Viewing,
Social
Studies,
Science

4. Cook, J. (2009) Bully B.E.A.N.S. New York: HarperCollins

Realistic Fiction

ELA,
Reading,
Listening,
Viewing,
Social
Studies

5. Ambassadors for Kids


http://www.a4kclub.org/

Fiction
Informational
Website

ELA,
Reading,
Listening,
Viewing,
Social
Studies

6. The Bullying Experiment


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EisZTB4ZQxY

Experimental
Video

ELA,
Reading,
Listening,
Viewing

7. McGruff-Anti Bullying Film


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvhIdB_8WXE

Informational
Video

ELA,
Reading,

Listening,
Viewing,
Science

8. Meyer, G. (1999) Just a Bully. New York: HarperCollins

Fiction

ELA,
Reading,
Listening,
Viewing,

9. StompOutBullying.org
http://www.stompoutbullying.org/index.php/information-andresources/about-bullying-and-cyberbullying/issue-bullying/

Informational
Website

ELA,
Reading,
Listening,
Viewing,
Social
Studies

10. Galvan, A. (2006). Billy Bully. New York: Scholastic Inc.

Fiction

ELA,
Reading,
Listening,
Viewing,
Social
Studies,
Math

V. Annotated Bibliography of Selected Mentor Texts


Text 1: Pinkney, J. (1999) The Ugly Duckling. New York: HarperCollins

The story tells of a plain-looking little bird (the Ugly Duckling) born in a barnyard. His brothers
and sisters as well as the other birds and animals on the farm tease him for being plain and ugly,
so he runs off to live with a flock of wild ducks and geese until hunters shoot down the flock.
Alone again, the Ugly Duckling finds a home with an old woman, but her cat and hen also tease
him, so he doesn't stay there long. In his wanderings, the Ugly Duckling comes across a flock of
migrating swans, and he wishes to join them but can't because he's too young and can't fly well
enough. When winter sets in, a farmer rescues the Ugly Duckling, but the farmer's children and
other animals frighten him with their noise and teasing, so again, he flees. He spends a cold and
lonely winter hiding in a cave until springtime, when the flock of swans comes to the lake near
his hiding place. When the Ugly Duckling approaches the swans, he's delighted to find that they
accept him and treat him like one of them. When he looks at his reflection in the lake, he realizes
to his astonishment that he's matured into a beautiful swan himself. When the swans fly off from
the lake, he spreads his wings and joins them, finally having found a family who accepts him.
This story is one that many children in my generation read and loved, and I cannot wait to share
it with the next generation. From this text the students can learn about empathy and what it
means to accept people despite their differences. I will read the book to the students and have
them do a lesson about how they see themselves, versus how their classmates see them. One part
of the paper will be for them to write or draw how they see themselves, while the other half (to
be completed in secret) shows how their other classmates see them. The students will realize that
with support from their peers they can gain confidence to be themselves.
Text 2: Galvan, A. (2006). Billy Bully. New York: Scholastic Inc.
In this funny counting book, Billy Bully learns what it means to be a good friend."When Billy
Bully comes to play he always takes the fun away." As Billy Bully does one rotten thing after
another, his friends dwindle to zero. With a little effort, Billy Bully realizes that a real friend
doesn't think only of himself. Kids will love to count down--and most importantly--back up, as
Billy Bully makes it up to his friends and gets the whole gang back together! This text was one
of my favorite that I found, simply because the illustrations were interesting and visually
appealing and the storyline was one that would resonate with my students. This book is written in
rhyme which would allow for a lesson regarding rhyming, into which I could incorporate
bullying. I like this book because it talks about the bully from his perspective, and the bully
recognizes the error in his ways and begins to change. For a lesson using this text, I want to use
the worksheet to review the book and to start discussions as a class.

.
Text 3: Meyer, G. (1999) Just a Bully. New York: HarperCollins
This is an all-new story. When a big bully starts to pick on Little Sister, Little Critter decides he
better stick up for her. The bully stops picking on Little Sister-and starts picking on Little Critter.
With a little help from Little Sister, Little Critter finally learns to stand up to the bully. This book
is actually a book that is an example of what not to do, because Little Critter ends getting
physical which is something that is obviously discouraged when dealing with school bullies. I
would use this book to have a brainstorming session about how to NOT deal with bullies. Class
discussions were held on how to resolve problems that occur in our daily lives through talking,
not fighting. All students will do role playing as they are presented with different scenarios of
problems to be solved with others.
VI. Reflection
Overall, I found this project to be time consuming, but ultimately worth it because I believe I
will genuinely use this in my future classroom. Bullying is something that I will surely run into,
and I like that I now have a text set prepared to deal with anything that may come up. I was able
to investigate different types of resources and activities that are out there, which will help me be
more prepared when confronting this subject in my classroom, in my school and in my
community. It made me pay special attention to the texts I was selecting in order to make sure
they were developmentally appropriate for the students I will be teaching. My curriculum goals
are imbedded within the text set which makes this a lesson that any educator could pick up and

begin teaching with. I hope by doing this text set I will make a difference in the lives of some of
my students.
SOURCES:
http://www.stompoutbullying.org/index.php/information-and-resources/aboutbullying-and-cyberbullying/issue-bullying/
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/760181.Just_a_Bully
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvhIdB_8WXE