|One Kind ThingTopic: Bullying PreventionGrade Level: 6-8
The year is 2020. Alyssa is reaching out to former students of Craighton Middle School to help her with a book she is writing. Twelve Craighton alumni respond with YouTube reflections on their roles as the bystanders and targets of bullying. As the former students begin their stories, their videoed images fade and live actors enter the stage to enact their remembrances of cyberbullying, LGBT bullying, rumors, and physical and emotional bullying. “One Kind Thing” gives students in the audience an opportunity to see middle school drama as something other than ‘just the way it is.’ They come to see it as something that could be changed, if they have the courage to do just One Kind Thing.
- To provide examples of verbal, physical, and social bullying, as well as cyberbullying
- To explore the reasons why bystanders frequently choose not to take action when they see another person being bullied, including the desire to fit in and lack of self-identity
- To explore possible consequences of bullying
- To empower students by modeling how they can use their power to intervene in bullying situations
- To empower students to practice kindness
- To show that practicing kindness leads to positive self-identification and a healthier school environment