Your class library is beautiful and I’m super insanely jealous. What are bully books?
Thank you!! About a month ago, I posted about a series of lessons on “Standing Up” for other that I taught.
A few days after that, a student brought in a story she had written at home that was “inspired” by the books we had read (I tell you, Trudy Ludwig is a great children’s author!). I read the student’s story to the class, and everyone loved it. I didn’t assign it or give them class time, but all the sudden student after student started bringing in their own stories, which we dubbed “Bully Books”.
The kids were so excited (and prolific) about them that we labelled them like our other books and set up a box in our library:
I think kids enjoy writing the books because they talk about issues they all deal with, and because the plot is very predictable and manageable for a fourth grader: someone is being picked on or left out, they stand up for themselves or someone helps them out, and there is a resolution. We have been studying Author’s Purpose and Author’s Viewpoint, so many of them started using that language to tell the moral of their story:
Pretty much all my students got into it…boys, girls, “popular”, “unpopular”. While it happened without my planning, I could imagine a really successful teacher-led class project on writing “Bully Books”.