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Contemporary Realistic Fiction: Bullying

Standards for Grade 1Key Ideas and Details1. Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.2. Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.3. Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.Integration of Knowledge and Ideas9. Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.

Title: Spaghetti in a Hot Dog BunAuthor: Maria DismondyIllustrator: Kimberly Shaw-PetersonPublisher: Making Spirits BrightCopyright: 2008Genre: Contemporary Realist FictionTopics: Bullying, leadership, kindness, problem solving, conflict resolution

Listen to the author read "Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun" right now!

Ralph loves to draw attention to Lucy's uniqueness. He is rather persistent and consistent with his mean words. But what happens when Ralph the bully needs help? Will Lucy step up and rise to the occasion? You'll have to read it to find out how Lucy responds! This story is not only GREAT for first grade, but all grades because it empowers readers to always make the right choice.

The two characters in this story could not be more opposite than one another, with the exception of their love for baseball and potato chips, but would this be enough to make the opposites attract? These characters will discover just why kindess counts!

A new student arrives and he is a bully. Perhaps Pete has got away with bullying in the past, but he will not get away with bullying at his new school because his classmates are proactive. When they see Pete being a bully, they intervene. Will Pete's classmates be able to change his ways? The story encourages readers to be more than just a bystander.

ObjectivesStudents will be able to identify and describe major events in the story using key details as support. Students will be able to identify the central message or lesson.Students will be able to compare and contrast "Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun" and "The Juice Box Bully" using a Venn Diagram or another graphic organizer of their choice.Students will be able to problem solve in a variety of scenarios through role playing.

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