Bullying

Juan's Story: Bullying | The Graduates Film Module

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This film module spotlights Juan’s story and the value of arts programs in building self-esteem and community. Students will look at how bullying can be an obstacle to Latino youth, especially with regards to immigrant, undocumented, racial, socioeconomic, and LGBTQ groups. They will explore how the arts can be a powerful way to bring different voices into dialogue, and how they can be tools for increasing self-esteem and combating stereotypes and negative images.

Trust: Second Acts in Young Lives

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Trust: Second Acts in Young Lives is the true story of 18-year-old Marlin, from Honduras, who survives sexual abuse, immigration to the United States, and substance abuse. Most of the story takes place at APTP, the Albany Park Theater Project in Chicago. APTP is an after-school theater program that makes plays out of people’s real-life stories. This is a documentary—the kids in the film are not actors. Marlín’s story has difficult themes but nothing graphic. The focus is on how the other youth turn her story into a play.

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

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Copies: 6

Mason Buttle is the biggest, sweatiest kid in his grade, and everyone know he can barely read or write. But those troubles don't compare with grief. Fifteen months ago, Mason's best friend, Benny Kilmartin, turned up dead in the Buttle family's orchard. An investigation drags on, and Mason, honest as the day is long, can't understand why Lieutenant Baird won't believe the story Mason has told about that day.

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310L
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

Hello, Universe

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Copies: 6

Acclaimed and award-winning author Erin Entrada Kelly’s Hello, Universe is a funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships.

Told from four intertwining points of view—two boys and two girls—the novel celebrates bravery, being different, and finding your inner bayani (hero). “Readers will be instantly engrossed in this relatable neighborhood adventure and its eclectic cast of misfits.”—Booklist

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690L
Hello, Universe

Say No to Negative Peer Pressure (2015)

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This video and print program teaches young students when and how to say, "No!" Viewers follow age-appropriate narrative scenarios as the protagonists decide what to do and how to resolve their problems by saying no and following through with protective responses. These true-to-life scenarios pertain to peer pressure, sibling trouble, and bullying.

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Elementary
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00:29
Say No to Negative Peer Pressure

Binny in Secret

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Copies: 6

School has started, and Binny can't believe how terrible it is. She has a horrid hand-me-down uniform, and the kids make fun of her "posh" city accent.

Then a storm destroys the roof of Binny's house. Binny; her mother; her sensible older sister, Clem; and her rambunctious brother, James (and his chickens) are forced to move across town to a rental home at the end of a forbidding, unlit lane. Things only get worse when she calls their new landlady a "bossy old witchy woman" at school...in front of the landlady's daughter, Clare, who starts bullying Binny mercilessly.

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Fort

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"This is the 100 percent true story of the summer I - Wyatt Jones - was eleven and built a fort in the woods with my friend Augie Valerio. It isn't the story I handed in to my teacher about how I spent my summer vacation. See, there's stuff that happened that you can't really talk about in school. Not unless you want to get into trouble. Plus, there are things in here like dead squirrels. and squirrel guts. There are weapons, too: a slingshot, a pellet gun, and a pocketknife. I'm just warning you, in case that kind of stuff bothers you.

Fort

When You See Bullying Happen: What a Bystander Can Do (2005)

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Shows elementary students how to take an active role in stopping a bully. Notes that a bystander who does nothing helps the bully, not the victim. Reminds students they can tell the bully how they feel, stand up together as a group, be an ally to the victim, or tell an adult. Encourages them to be part of the solution, not a passive part of the problem.

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Elementary
Middle
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00:17
When You See Bullying Happen: What a Bystander Can Do

The Graduates/Los Graduados (2013)

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The Graduates explores pressing issues in education today through the eyes of six young Latino and Latina students from across the United States. More than a survey of contemporary policy debates, viewers gain a first-hand perspective on the different challenges facing Latino high school students and their families, educators and community leaders.

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High
Length: 
02:00
The Graduates/Los Graduados

Stepping on the Cracks (Unabridged)

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Margaret and her best friend Elizabeth both have brothers fighting the war against Hitler and, like everyone else they know, they are filled with feelings of patriotism. But the girls are also involved in their own personal war at home. Gordy Smith, the worst bully in the sixth grade, teases and torments them, and Margaret is scared to death of him.

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780L
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05:50
Stepping on the Cracks (Unabridged)

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