The Shunning - A character education lesson on girl bullying. Meet the challenge of teaching on social rejection.
This skit prepares your preteens to deal with social rejection, relational aggressiveness and to make ethical choices...
Downloadable MP3 of Audio Adventure and PDF of Lesson Plan and Worksheets.
Preview The Shunning
Theme: Two school friends, Skye and Courtney, discuss a bullying situation they have encountered. Nobody is sitting at lunch with a schoolmate named Chelsea. Courtney announces to Skye that she will join Chelsea for lunch. Courtney also invites Skye to sit with them despite the possible repercussions from the other girls.
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One pre-recorded dramatic skit on girl bullying, rejection and girl behavior.
Use this skit as a discussion starter, radio-theatre, puppet play etc...”The Shunning” is a downloadable item in MP3 audio format of about 3.14 MB in size, length of skit is approx. 3:26 minutes. This PDF download includes a lesson plan, 8 worksheets , answer keys and transcript of the skit.
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This is a lesson plan based on the audio track “The Shunning” from Trax4Life Media. Social rejection is a form of bullying. In the skit that follows, we will examine one girl who courageously goes against the social rejection of another schoolmate. Courtney announces to Skye that she will join Chelsea for lunch. Courtney also invites Skye to sit with them despite the possible repercussions from the “other” girls.
- Students will develop character.
- Students will learn to recognize that social rejection is a form of bullying.
- Students will listen to bystanders faced with a decision.
- Students will learn that they can be attentive and sensitive to a person who is suffering rejection.
- Students will learn that one can be courageous and stand up for the victim.
- Students will learn more about social rejection by completing the worksheets.
- Students will write their thoughts down on the worksheets.
- Digital Audio player (i.e. CD, MP3, Wave) of the “Solar System” audio track
- Selected worksheets for your grade level
- Coloring crayons (depending on grade level)
- Optional: (your choice) copy of the script.
Photocopy the grade level appropriate worksheets you have selected. Make sure your audio player is cued at the track “The Shunning”. Also make sure the audio player has sufficient volume to be heard by all students in the classroom setting.
Tell the students that social rejection is a form of bullying. Explain to them that excluding a person from a social group is often deliberate and stems from one or two group leaders manipulating others into excluding the “victim.” This tends to be more attributed to female behavior but nevertheless is a reality for males as well. Discuss social rejection with your students.
Tell the students to listen to the story of two school friends, Skye and Courtney, discussing a situation of social rejection in the school’s cafeteria. Nobody is sitting at lunch with a schoolmate named Chelsea. Courtney announces to Skye that she will join Chelsea for lunch. Courtney also invites Skye to sit with them despite the possible repercussions from the “other” girls.
Play the Audio track “The Shunning”. Ideally you can have students who have rehearsed the track perform with puppets or as a drama. Distribute the worksheets you have selected for your students and have them complete them after they have listened to the audio track.
Briefly discuss the audio track. Discuss the following main topics:
- Skye was scared that if she sat with Chelsea, she would be left out (snubbed) by Sara and her gang. Does this really happen in life?
- Why is Skye hesitant to go sit with Chelsea?
- Why do you think people like Sara and her gang act the way they do?
- Do you think that Skye will stop being friends with Courtney after lunch?
- What would make Courtney go sit with the outcast Chelsea?
- What do you think Chelsea felt when Courtney joined her for lunch?
- Is bullying just a normal part of growing up?
Ask the students to complete the worksheets you have chosen. Encourage students to share their ideas to the whole class.
Students can be evaluated based on written answers, teacher observation, or participation in group discussions. Students can also be evaluated through drama/puppet performances should you decide to proceed with these wonderful teaching methods. Invite students to meet privately with you should they want to discuss this subject more seriously or in depth. Student should have a better understanding and awareness of social rejection.