This book centers on the topic of name calling and fitting in at a small town middle school. Four students who are labeled by their peers on a repeated basis take a stand and run for the student council on the platform of No Name Calling. The characters are all people with whom kids can relate and this book is an excellent launch point for the topic of in-school bullying. The reading guide contains 79 questions organized by chapter and opportunities for students to REFLECT and share in small groups along the way on a variety of topics. REFLECT opportunities can be assigned as independent journal entries and help to facilitate discussions in class. Following the reading guide, there are also 8 discussion topics for follow up activities, with suggestions for interviews, independent research and large group discussions. This book is best suited for a middle school audience and is written in an easy to read format that alternates between narration and play format. There are great opportunities for read alouds in the play chapters. Topics covered in this book include: Loss, racial intolerance, homosexuality and overall bullying. This book will prompt some excellent discussions around acceptance, difference, and hopefully some solutions to making middle school a better experience for all. Lesson takes between two-three weeks with opportunities for discussion.
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