Sunday, October 19, 2008

Go Fly a Kite?

This week brings us to a discussion of Amir...who can't fly a kite, who can't be a friend, who can't take a stand.

Although fearful of bullies, Amir himself is a bully. A bullied bully?

Begin to think. What do you think will happen now?

Infer. Draw some conclusions and be prepare to make some predictions.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Why Do They Bully? defines bullying as: "a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people." Definitely not a person I want to know or even meet.

But...we both know that bullies are not always so obvious. They are more like wolves in sheeps' clothing at times. (I almost hestitate to use that phrase since some of you do not know what "brown-nosing" means! Am I dating myself again? No, not going out on a date with myself, but showing my age!)

These bullies to whom I am referring are subtle and sneaky and sly, which is often more hurtful than if the bully were open and overt and obstinate. Do you agree?

Tell me: why do you think bullies bully?

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Do Pioneers Bully?

As we bring our "A Pioneer Never Quits" unit to a close, let's begin thinking about our next unit: "Just Say Bullying."

This next unit will take us on a journey to the Salem witch trials, as we read Arthur Miller's The Crucible and other young adult novels that deal with the issue of bullying.

Before then, though, we have two other projects we need to complete:
  1. Letter to the Next President
  2. Three blog posts

Have you turned in your Digital Identity worksheet? Please do!

Reminder: study for the test on Thursday/Friday!

Meet you in class!