Article of the Week Theme: Bullying

Posted October 21, 2013 under Article of the Week, Common Core, New Features

This week’s articles include ideas to support students in annotating the text, as well as suggested discussion questions. Some articles include links to other relevant articles, enabling students to consider and analyze multiple perspectives on the topic of bullying.

For article titles and instructions on how to access these resources in Subtext, see below.

Bullying Lockers

Grades 4-5: “Rockwell Elementary takes a stand against bullying”

Read it using our web reader (in beta)!: https://web.subtext.com/read/124094/

View original article: http://www.redmond-reporter.com/news/227396801.html

Supporting Annotation: While you read, highlight three reasons provided in the text that explain why Rockwell Elementary is starting an anti-bullying program.

Sample Discussion Question: What do you think you and others can do to stop bullying? Write your comments below and share them with your classmates.

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Grades 6-8: “Kid Learns Lesson The Hard Way”

Read it using our web reader (in beta)!: https://web.subtext.com/read/126006/

View original article: http://www.kcentv.com/story/23584683/kid-learns-lesson-the-hard-way

Links embedded within article:

Video of original story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Efj2sHzON7E

Blog post criticizing father: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/04/jose-lagares-bully-publicly-shames-on_n_4045040.html?

Father responds to critics: http://www.kcentv.com/story/23602173/bullys-father-responds-to-critics

Sample Discussion Questions: After reviewing several viewpoints, do you agree or disagree with the actions Mr. Legares took to deal with his son’s bullying behavior?

If yes, explain why you agree with the actions Mr. Legares took to deal with his son’s bullying behavior?

If no, explain what Mr. Legares could do better to prevent his son from bullying in the future?

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Grades 9-10: “California district hires firm to monitor students’ social media”

Read it using our web reader (in beta)!: https://web.subtext.com/read/125838/

View original article: http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/14/us/california-schools-monitor-social-media/

Sample Discussion Questions: While reading, consider the following questions:

A. What are district officials seeking to achieve by hiring a firm to monitor students’ social media?

B. Based on the information presented in the text, do the potential benefits outweigh what you see as the potential negative aspects of this program?

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Grades 11-12: “Are Anti-Bullying Programs Counterproductive?”

Read it using our web reader (in beta)!: https://web.subtext.com/read/125845/

View original article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deborah-temkin/are-antibullying-programs_b_4098074.html

Link embedded in article: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2013/10/08/are-anti-bullying-programs-having-an-opposite-effect/

Sample Focus Question: Here Temkin makes the claim that the “actual story” is far more complicated than the news headlines make it out to be. While you read, highlight evidence she provides that supports this claim. After reading, be prepared to evaluate whether or not the evidence she puts forth adequately supports her claim.

Sample Discussion Question: Do you think that it is a fair point to compare substance abuse prevention programs of the late 80′s and 90′s to anti-bullying campaigns today? Why or why not?

Sample Extension Question: Extension: Take a look at Temkin’s RFK Project SEATBELT. Do you feel that her program is in keeping with her stated goal to give schools the tools to find the programs that would work best for them?

If you were to decide on an anti-bullying campaign for your school, what would it entail?

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