Take a stand against bullying

22 Jun

I think that it is really important for students to realise that texts are often composed with the intention to cause people to reflect on, and change, their behaviours.  A great way to illustrate this is to show students texts that have a subject matter that they can relate to.

If my chosen subject matter was bullying, the first text that I would show my kids is this song by Bars & Melody (song starts at 2:32).  Written by two kids, the song was performed on Britain’s Got Talent.  I like this is a really empowering thing to show kids because it shows that you don’t have to be an adult to speak out and effect change.

The second text that I would should my kids is Shane Koyczan’s spoken word poem, ‘To This Day‘.   This is a phenomenal animated spoken word performance which explores the effect of language in shaping self-perception.  Not only is the poem rich in language techniques and a great source of discussion for developing visual literacy, but it also signals how powerful words can be.

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