Grades: Middle School – can easily be adapted for elementary or high school
Objective: For students to gain a fuller understanding of the dynamics surrounding a situation with a bully.
Students Will Be Able To:
– Understand why a bully might be acting this way
– Respond appropriately to a bully
– Explain Meekness and the Golden Rule
Warm Up: 8-10 Minutes
1) Ask students for a show of hands if they have ever been bullied or seen someone being bullied.
2) Ask why the bully might be acting this way. How might the bully feel? How might the target feel? How about people nearby, what are some things they might be thinking?
3) Read the Golden Rule to get students thinking about it. “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself”
4) Ask students to evaluate this definition of meekness. “Meekness is not weakness but strength under control.”
Students may work in pairs or small groups. Each team must answer these questions.
1) What should I do if I am bullied?
2) What should I do if I see someone being bullied?
All answers will be folded and go in a jar. As time allows these answers will be pulled out read aloud and the class will be given a chance to respond. Evaluate the effectiveness of each response as a class
Cool Down: 5 Minutes
Clarify and summarize lesson: How to appropriately respond to bullies.
The best way to handle a bully is to apply meekness and the golden rule. Explain that the bully probably feels more insecure than his target. Treating the bully kindly even if they are being mean is the best response. You will prove that you have strength under control. Don’t be the bully’s victim, be their friend.
More thoughts for this lesson plan: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5963082/how_to_beat_a_bully.html