View & Respond – Jasmine McClain

 Jasmine McClain

Jasmine McClain

On March 4th, the class will work on (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5) common core speaking/listening standards with this view & respond about Jasmine McClain. Students will began class with a bell work prompt about any bullying, and how does it make them feel. I will be passing out a news story on Jasmine McClain to give background to the story. If you are unaware, Jasmine McClain is from Chadbourn, NC where “authorities are investigating the death of a 10-year-old girl who hanged herself Monday night after repeatedly being bullied at school.” Along with that news story, students will have questions to answer before we begin classroom discussion. That handout can be viewed [here]. The class will then move to the viewing portion by watching this video [here]. Students will be prompted to actively watch by using the 5W’s (who, what, where, when, and why)… Students will be given about 5 to 7 minutes to answer the questions from the previously mentioned handout. Once students have completed the handout, I will open up the floor for discussion.

This is a very mature topic. That being said, I believe the students will handle this accordingly as my students have done in the past. I’ve said this before, and I think it’s important to see what our youth is thinking and what they have to say about it all. One of my main objectives with this type of view and respond is to engage, effectively, in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) on topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own point(s) of views clearly. I hope to reach that outcome through the multimedia source presented as well as the news story that will be handout with guided prompts for the students.

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6 comments on “View & Respond – Jasmine McClain

  1. This is happening too much in our schools today. My son only 8 years old was being bullied at his elementary school since last year because of his size. Students were cruel calling him dumb, stupid, four letter words etc. He had devised a plan to not be here any longer and had talked about it with one of his friends. Thank the Lord we caught it in time and have since moved him from that school to the Christian school he was at before. He is so much happier and he is the son I know and love. Parents need to take heed to the warning when they see their children drawing pictures that would lead one to believe that they no longer want to be here. I can only imagine if we had taken no action he too might have fallen victim to the bullying that was taking place around him. A loving mother and teacher.

  2. Your approach to this is wonderful. I believe the students will be helped to see how far-reaching the effects of bullying can be. Welldone!

  3. If your main objective is to engage, why are your students sitting silently until the last activity? Are you familiar with THE FREEDOM WRITERS DIARY TEACHER’S GUIDE? (see page 129) If you don’t have access & really want students engaged from the beginning, please email me for details. Prep time for this activity is less than 5 minutes. Good luck!

    • I think you may have misinterpreted, or I didn’t make it clear in my summary of the activity as to how much students were expected to be engaged. The 5-7 minutes that you were referring to was for the discussion questions on the handout (about 7 questions that were going to help guide our discussion) to be answered on the handout not for the allotted time that they were allowed to speak.

      Students were engaged in bell work prompt, with handout question and answers, and we had a nice discussion that was led by teacher (me) as well as students. We had a total of about 45 minutes of talking… Thanks for stopping by.

  4. This sounds like a wonderful activity for the class. I wish my school would try to talk to the kids like this. Maybe they do but just don’t publicize it. I’ve checked out the rest of this blog and it looks good.

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