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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Speak Up to Bullying!

During September 29-October 3rd, kids and adults are being encouraged to join the “I Speak Up” campaign sponsored by the Cartoon Network. It is the annual challenge to stand up to bullying. It is hoped that one million people will to make a video stating just three words, “I Speak Up” and upload their recordings to their site. Go to to learn more. National Bullying Prevention Month is in October but should be practiced every day of the year.

Discussion Questions:
What is your definition of a bully?  What are some examples of bullying?

Why do you think some people are bullies?

If you see someone being bullied, what could YOU do?

If YOU are being bullied, what could YOU do?

Have you ever been bullied? How did you feel? What did you do?

Have YOU ever bullied someone else? Have you ever been asked by others to join them in bullying someone else? How did you react to this?

Using Literature to discuss the issue of bullying:

  • Read the story, the Ugly Duckling to start a discussion on bullying. Best Children's Books

  • Another story to read is Goose Girl by the Brothers Grimm. Find the story

  • Still another story is Cinderella.Find the story online at this link:Together We Teach

  • There are also many contemporary books that deal with bullying. Here is a small sampling for elementary and middle school student.
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Bully by Stan Berenstain
  • Blubber by Judy Blume
  • The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
  • Thank you, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
  • Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain by Trevor Romain and Elizabeth Vedick.
  • The Bully from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler with Jared Lee.
  • My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig
  • Roxie and the Hooligans by Phillis Reynolds Naylor 

  • Find more books on bullying and read summaries at this link: 

    Read and listen to a short story about bullying online at this link:

  • Newspapers in Education. Comic book story about bullying might lead to a good follow up discussion.


    I have compiled lots of resources for classroom teachers to use on this topic. Go to this link:

    Bully Free Graffiti Art is from

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