Eliciting, Confirming and Establishing Knowledge about Debating Learning Activity 1: Warm-up

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Learning Activity 3: Reading
A. Pre-reading discussion
In groups, think of some examples of bullying. Share your answers with the class.

B. Reading – What is bullying?

  1. Read the article below and answer the questions that follow it.

Bullies: What Is Bullying?
Bully. What does the word make you think of? For some people, it's that girl at school who always makes fun of them. For others, it's the biggest guy in the neighbourhood who's always trying to beat them up or take their things. Sometimes “bully” means a whole group of kids ganging up on someone else. No matter what situation or form it comes in, bullying can make you feel depressed, hurt, and alone. It can keep you from enjoying the activities and places that are part of your life.
Bullying happens everywhere, whether it's your town or Paris, France. It happens all the time, and it's happened since forever. Because it's so common, many adults think bullying is just a normal part of growing up. You've probably heard parents or teachers say things like: “Don't let it get to you” or “You just have to be tougher”.

But why should something that can make a person so miserable have to be part of growing up? The answer is, it doesn't! Each and every one of us has the right to feel safe in our lives and good about ourselves. So IML* put together this guide to give you all the basics of dealing with bullies.

Let's start by looking at the different kinds of bullying:

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