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Innovation in Teaching Competition - Beyond the Textbook

Bullying Can’t Continue Spreading Project

Michele Brake
Baconton Community Charter School

Grade Level and Content

Eighth Grade
English Language Arts


This writing unit explores the history of the Holocaust and how it relates to modern-day bullying. Students examine poems, literature and other text to enhance their knowledge of the Holocaust while strengthening their understanding of tone, mood, allegory, diction, point of view, and theme. Then, students write an informative essay on their literary understanding within the context of the Holocaust and its connection to bullying. The unit concludes with students using their writing to create a public service announcement.

Standards Addressed

English Language Arts
ELA.8.RI.2; ELA.8.RI.3; ELA.8.RI.4; ELA.8.RI.5; ELA.8.RI.6; ELA.8.RI.7; ELA.8.RL.1; ELA.8.RL.2; ELA.8.RL.4; ELA.8.RL.5; ELA.8.W.2; ELA.8.W.4; ELA.8.W.5; ELA.8.W.6; ELA.8.W.9; ELA.8.W.10; ELA.8.L.1; ELA.8.L.2; ELA.8.L.3; ELA 8.L.4; ELA.8.SL.1; ELA.8.SL.2; ELA.8.SL.5

Avaialable Materials

Daily Lesson Plans
BCCS Project Guide
Concept Plan Activity Sheet
Bullying Survey
Informative Writing Rubric

Video of Lesson

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About the Teacher

Michele Brake is currently an 8th grade teacher at Baconton Community Charter School in Baconton, GA. Ms. Brake received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Bob Jones University. She served as a Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy (TAPP) mentor and member on both the Discipline and Attendance Committee at her school. Michele’s best piece of teaching advice is to try to improve everything you do in class with the students. Don’t think a lesson or unit is good enough from one year to the next.

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Disclaimer: The unit plans and materials on the Innovation in Teaching Competition website are aligned with Georgia’s standards through December 2014. English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics standards have been revised. The revised standards were approved by the State Board of Education on January 15, 2015. The revised ELA and Mathematics standards were renamed from the CCGPS to the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE).

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