Schema: Bullies, name calling
Text-to-Text Connection: Bluebird by Bob Staake
Inferring: The names of the animals printed in all capitals as used by the bull infer that the bull is using their name in a negative way.
Cause and Effect: Because the older bull told the younger one to “go away,” the effect is that the younger bull turns his rejection into anger toward the other barnyard animals.
Synthesis: Discuss ways in which hurt feelings turn into anger towards others.
In this wordless picture book, a bluebird befriends a boy who is walking to school, walking home from school, stopping for a cookie, buying a toy boat, and ultimately is attacked by a gang of boys who want his boat.
At first the boy does not realize that the bird is following him, but he finally notices and makes the connection.
The bullies throw a stick at the boy, but the bluebird flies in front of the stick to protect the boy and is possibly killed. The bullies run away.
Several birds fly down to pick up the boy who is holding the bird. They lift the boy and bird up to the sky, and the bird flies up to the heavens. The boy waves good-bye to him. It is up to the reader to decide if they bird was killed or if it was revived by the love of his friends.
Students could write a narrative from their perspective based on the frames of illustrations in the story.
Schema: being cruel and unkind
Text-to-Self: Feeling mistreated by other kids, not being accepted
Bullies: Chloe decides to be cruel and bully another student.
Mental Images: Imagine the ripple of the water and think how this is like an action of kindness or cruelty.
Metaphor: The ripple and the act are alike in one way; they both spread far from you.
Synthesis: What small things have you done to make the world, your home, your school, your family better?
Can you think of ways Chloe could make amends for the way she treated Maya if she never sees her again?
Text-to-Self Connections: Discussions about bullies and how to deal with them, telling someone
Cause and Effect: Because Brenda made fun of Jessica, the effect is that Jessica felt bad inside.
Synthesis: Do you synthesize that Brenda felt good or bad inside when she bullied Jessica? How could you deal with a bully?
Author’s Purpose: The author tells a fictional story with the purpose of teaching students a way to deal with a bully.