Begin with a discussion of inspiration. What does it mean? Inspiration can come from different places. Ask students to think about a person who inspires them and how they inspire. When talking about someone who inspires, we look for positive qualities that encourage us to be a better person.
The teacher (or adult) will share an example of who inspires them and why. Create a brainstorm web as an example.
Have students think about someone they would go to for advice. Students will create a brainstorm web about who inspires them and why. Students will share their web with a partner.
Discuss the setup of an expository paper:
Students will use their brainstorm web to write a 26 line expository essay to the prompt:
“Write about someone who inspires you. Give specific details to support your response.”
STAAR Lined Paper
Expository Writing Rubric
Activity 2 Music as Poetry Introduction
Ask most teenagers what they think of poetry, and you most likely get an eye-roll. For most teens, poetry is not an appreciated genre, it is something they have to listen to their teachers analyze in English class. Talking about poetry and making the connection between music and poetry helps teens start to appreciate poetry. In Dumplin’, Willowdean appreciates the things that Dolly Parton conveys in her songs.
Have the CD playing as teens are entering the room.
Have copies of the different song lyrics printed and available for all attendees.
Discuss how song lyrics can be considered to be poems set to music. Often times we listen to music and don’t really think about what the words are saying; we just appreciate the beat of the music. By reading aloud the words of a song, we can better understand what the song is about.
Read aloud What a Wonderful World. Discuss what the poem/song might be about. There is no right or wrong answer, as long as there is a reason to support it. Play the song after the discussion.
Just as songs can be poetry, poetry can be music.
Give small groups of teens (3-4 in a group) a poetry book and have them pick a poem and then create a beat for it. They can drum on the table, beat-box or any other creative way of making a beat.
Have groups share.
Resources for Teens, Teachers & Librarians
YouTube: Poems as Songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4OvQlTwsHs&list=PL6830FB3D4A191483
Activity 3: The Bully Project: Film Festival and Discussion Introduction
Unfortunately, Willowdean’s friends are often bullied by their fellow classmates, which is one of the reasons one of the reasons why some of them set out to prove themselves in Clover City’s Miss Teen Blue Bonnet.
Bully is a 2011 documentary film about five teenagers and the varieties of harassment that they went through. The film jumps back and forth between the teens to describe their lives. TEKS
ELAR: 14C, 18B, 19C, 25B, 25A, 18C, 23B
Health 2C, 2E, 5C, 5H, 5K, 5L, 6A, 7A, 7B, 10A, 10B, 10D, 10E, 11A, 11B, 11C, 11D, 11F, 12D, 12E
Books to Display
TV and DVD Player/Computer or Projector and DVD Player/Computer
Detailed Description of Activity
Screening the documentary alone is not enough raise awareness about bullying. Questions and commentary from the audience should follow the screening in order to encourage discussion.
A panel of fellow staff may be necessary in order to get the discussion going and keep it going doing any lags in the conversation.
If you are not able to find a copy of the film at your library, you might consider ordering your own DVD and toolkit here for $40 which includes a copy of Bully (2011) film, in-house public license, poster, stickers and a flash drive full of additional resources. The film’s website even offers a free workshop to better prepare you in a leading a discussion following the film as well as a variety of resources for educators, teens and parents. (http://www.thebullyproject.com/)
“Before the film:
Do you believe that bullying is an issue?
What would you like to “get” from the film?
How do you feel about watching the film?
After the film:
How do you feel after watching the movie?
What do you think would need to happen in order to stop bullying behaviors?
What kind of changes would you like to see?”
Resources for Teens, Teachers & Librarians
The Bully Project: http://www.thebullyproject.com/
A guide to the film Bully: http://www.healthiersf.org/LGBTQ/InTheClassroom/docs/curriculum/A_Guide_to_the_Film_BULLY.pdf
Teens Against Bullying: http://www.pacerteensagainstbullying.org/tab/#/home
TEA: Bullying and Cyber-Bullying: http://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Schools/Safe_and_Healthy_Schools/Coordinated_School_Health/Coordinated_School_Health_-_Bullying_and_Cyber-bullying/