Section 5: Case Study: Ostracism and Bullying

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This page contains print-ready PDFs of all the activities found in Section 5 of Community Matters: A Facing History and Ourselves Approach to Advisory (Activities 53–63). In the first part of this section, advisees examine bullying behavior from different perspectives and reflect on their own school’s social climate and response to bullying and cyberbullying. Next, they analyze a real-life case study of an ostracism incident that occurred at a middle school.

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Activity 53: Revisiting Our Advisory Contract: Remind the group of its shared expectations, revise expectations as needed, and set the tone for difficult conversations.

Activity 54: The Roots of Bullying Behavior: Practice perspective-taking by retelling a moment in a story from the point of view of the antagonist. *

Activity 55: My School’s Climate: Discuss ostracism, bullying, and cyberbullying at school and the responsibility of community members in the face of bullying. *

Activity 56: Introducing the Ostracism Case Study: Define ostracism and consider what factors influence our choices and decision-making process in the face of ostracism and bullying.

Activity 57: Reading the Ostracism Case Study Transcripts: Report on the perspective, choices, and role(s) played by one individual in the ostracism case study.

Activity 58: Connecting Choices to Outcomes: Examine the power dynamics in the ostracism case study and recognize that the outcome of the incident reflects the choices made by individuals and groups and was not inevitable.

Activity 59: Understanding the Power of Ostracism and Bullying: Reflect on and discuss the power of ostracism and apply new understanding from the case study to your school

Activity 60: Cyberbullying: Analyze the Health and Human Services definition of cyberbullying, and discuss the range of responses and how the choices we make online can impact members of our community.

Activity 61: Anatomy of an Upstander: Examine specific qualities of upstander behavior and reflect on examples of witnessing upstander behavior.

Activity 62: Choosing to Be an Upstander: Describe the steps that you can take before, during, and after an incident of ostracism, bullying, or cyberbullying has occurred.

Activity 63: Case Study: Ostracism and Bullying Final Reflection: Review materials from this section of the advisory program and reflect on new understanding and questions.

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