Level:Intermediate-Upper intermediate Learners: Tweens, early teens Theme: Bullying Language: Bullying related vocabulary, expressing opinions Skills: Observing and describing paintings, building explanations, speaking, watching a short film Materials: Slides, a short film, worksheet
What can the boy perceive?
What might the boy believe?
What might he care about?
Do you think all the children are having fun? Encourage them to justify their answers. Explain that what they see is the penalty of “bumbouncing” (bouncing someone’s buttocks on planks) which was quite painful and unpleasant. Ask them:
Show your students Matt Mahurin’s painting. Ask them:
Ask students to guess what the title of the painting is.
(Have a look at some pictures of practice here)
Reveal the title of the painting and the name of the painter. Ask your students how these two paintings make them feel.
Write on the board the different forms of bullying: Physical, Verbal, Social, Cyber Bullying. Show the slide and ask your students to identify them. Hold a plenary discussion.
Pair your students again and ask them to complete the first activity in the worksheet. Go around the classroom and help them with vocabulary if needed or advise them to look up the unknown words in the dictionary.
Tell your students that they are going to watch a short film about bullying. Organize them in small groups and ask groups to have a look at the questions in the second activity of the worksheet before watching the film. Show the video and allow 10 minutes for the groups to discuss and answer the questions. Show the video again and get feedback.
Ask your students: If you were to write a headline about bullying now that would capture the most important aspect of the issue, what would that be? Let your students expand on it creatively. You can have a look at some pictures of practice here.
I hope you find this proposal worth experimenting with.