Tongues - A Character Education Adventure with Lesson Plan, Worksheets and a Audio Adventure.
Downloadable MP3 of Audio Adventure and PDF of Lesson Plan and Worksheets.
Words will never hurt me? Verbal bullying is alive and well. This type of abuse leave psychological wounds that may never heal. Too often it is difficult for teachers to address this topic. This skit will give you the tool you need to deal with this subject.
Theme: Verbal abuse is the one of the most prevalent forms of bullying. Two very young girls, Julia and Penny, discuss the impact of verbal abuse. The one girl skeptical at first is subjected to abuse by her friend. Penny then recognizes the effect negative words can have on one’s self-esteem.
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One pre-recorded dramatic skit on Bullying and Verbal Abuse.
Use the skit as a discussion starter, radio-theatre, puppet play etc..."Tongues" is a downloadable item only in MP3 audio format of about 3.7 MB in size. This PDF download includes one lesson plan, 8 worksheets adjusted to cover all elementary grades , answer keys and transcript of the skit. Approx. 3:35 minutes in lenght.
This is a lesson plan based on the audio track “Tongues” from Trax4Life Media. Verbal abuse is one of the most prevalent forms of bullying. Two very young girls, Julia and Penny, discuss the impact of verbal abuse. The one girl is skeptical at first but then is subjected to abuse by her friends. Penny then recognizes the negative effect words can have on one’s self-esteem.
- Students will develop character.
- Students will learn to recognize that their words can be used to bully others.
- Students will listen to a character subjected to verbal abuse
- Students will learn that the phrase “words will never hurt me” is not true.
- Students will learn more about verbal abuse by completing the worksheets.
- Students will write their thoughts down on the worksheets.
Photocopy the grade level appropriate worksheets you have selected. Make sure your audio player is cued at the track “Tongues”. Also make sure the audio player has sufficient volume to be heard by all students in the classroom setting.
Ask your students if they think they can bully someone with words.
Tell your students that bullying can occur by verbal aggression. You may want to draw a table on a board in front of the classroom and fill in the blank squares as the students are answering.
- → Verbal threats against a person
- → Tease a schoolmate about his/her religion
- → Teasing about appearance
- → Intimadating phone calls
- → Constant mocking
- → Threatening one’s property
- → Mocking a classmete’s mental abilities
You may also do the same exercise with social alienation. You may want to draw a table on a board in front of the classroom and fill in the blank squares as the students are answering.
- →Rejection from social group
- → Humiliating a schoolmate in public
- → Gossiping
- → Starting false rumors
- → Controlling who can join peer group
Tell the students that verbal abuse is the one of the most prevalent forms of bullying. They will now hear the story of two very young girls, Julia and Penny, discuss the impact of verbal abuse. The one girl is skeptical at first, but then she is subjected to abuse by her friend. Penny then recognizes the effect negative words can have on one’s self-esteem.
Play the audio track “Tongues”. Ideally you can have students who have rehearsed the track perform with puppets or as a drama.
Briefly discuss the audio track. Discuss the following main topics:
- Why was Julia telling Penny about verbal aggression?
- Why did Penny think words never hurt her?
- Why did Penny changed her mind?
- Penny said that after they called her names, she started to feel like a loser. Ask your kids if they think this really happens in life.
- Ask the kids what they can do to stop verbal bullying.
Distribute the worksheets you have selected for your students. Have the students complete the worksheets after they have listened to the audio track.
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.