Patricia Polacco is a beloved author of children’s books. Bullying is all too common in schools across the country. Patricia herself was bullied in school for having a learning disability. In this book, Patricia addresses what it is like to be a new student in a school, the choices a new student has to make when choosing friends, what it means to be in the “popular group,” and most of all, what scapegoating means, and what courage looks like when a choice
has been made to stand up to the bullies. Patricia also speaks to the tremendous harm bullies do to peers through the use of technology to show their power and revenge: Facebook Pages and Cell Phones.
This packet includes critical thinking and contains many prompts for good writing, using evidence from the text to back up claims. There is also an activity choice for students to evaluate and synthesize their work.
Many of the questions in this packet can be used to conduct Literature Circles or Fishbowl Discussions. (See my Fishbowl product).