By Lois Lewis
Grade Level: 3-6
Story Preview: Cousins Grace Taylor and Mark Brown become upset when they learn that a new classmate was bullied for wearing shoelaces with unusual colors. The pair creates a unique plan that rallies everyone in their school to stand up against bullying.
Roles: Narrators 1 and 2; school bus driver, Grace, Mark; Pete, Petes two friends, Shawn, Maria, Mrs. Whitney; Mr. Brown, new student
Settings: present day at a school bus stop, on school bus, in a school, and at a home
Themes: bullying, tolerance for others
Props (Optional): Several chairs placed in two rows to represent seats on a school bus, chair for school bus driver, purple and orange shoelaces, toy or student-created microphone
Discuss with students your schools guidelines or policies about bullying. Then have the students create plans for a day against bullying in your school. Ask students to explain their ideas and choose two plans they think will work best.
This play was inspired by the true story of David Shepherd and Travis Price, two high school students in Nova Scotia who encouraged their classmates to stand up for a student who had been bullied. Their actions impressed Premier Rodney MacDonald to designate the second Thursday at the beginning of each school year in Nova Scotia as Stand Up Against Bullying Day. Click here to read a story about David and Travis and watch an interview with them.
Click here for a printable script.
Article by Lois Lewis
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