Messages We Send

Sometimes the worst bully in a teenager's life is his or himself. Model the ways that ruminating on negative comments about oneself can drag a person down with a lesson plan in which they literally drag insulting words across the classroom with their feet, and reflect on how each round gets harder as they add more insults.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use in a peer counseling group or during a mediation session
  • Include during the first few weeks of the year to establish an atmosphere of trust among your students
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson could address sensitive memories and subject matter; be sure to establish a protocol for positive interaction in the classroom
  • Requires enough space in the classroom for people to move back and forth
  • Provides modifications for learners with special or diverse needs
  • None
Common Core