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Bullying Photo Essay

Activity Overview


  • To further explore student responses to conflict and bullying and the choices and strategies associated with each

Materials Required:

  • Disposable cameras

  • Bristol board, markers, paper, pens, glue, scissors

  • Examples of Student Work (Resource #1)

  • Three Checks and a Wish Organizer (Handout #1)

Activity Details

  1. Place five pieces of chart paper at the front of the room with the following headings:

    • physical bullying
    • verbal bullying
    • excluding
    • gossip/rumours
    • cyber bullying

    Discuss and brainstorm ideas related to each. Again, students will be very familiar with each type of bullying. Discuss the various ways students can Defend, Support, and Report when dealing with each type of bullying. Students will also be familiar with the concepts of Defend, Support, and Report. Your Board of Education may have different terms. If so, use the terminology with which students are familiar.

  2. Explain that students will be divided into five groups with each group assigned one type of bullying. They will be expected to visually describe how their particular variety of bullying can be represented, and how they can best demonstrate the strategies of Defend, Support, and Report in response, using a series of tableaux and photography. In addition, they will write a paragraph for each strategy explaining and justifying how they choose to Defend, Support, and Report in response to their particular type of bullying. For inspiration, Examples of Student Work (Resource #1) can be shown to students.

  3. First, ask each group to write a summary of how they plan to accomplish their visual representations and the materials they will need to do so. Use the questions below to stimulate discussion that will help students design their photo essays.

    What will your message say and how will you say it?

    What is the purpose of your message? What point of view will you take?

    What information will you include and exclude?

    What can you include to make the message appealing to your audience?

    What techniques and symbolic elements will you use?

  4. Have each group present their work. Ask that each student evaluate the group's work by using the Three Checks and a Wish Organizer (Handout #1).

Content Source:
Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers Guide
(Shawntelle Nesbitt)