Author Feature-Kara Bietz

 


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Kara Bietz

 

 


 

 

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Book Discussion Questions 

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What do you think Sam should have done about being bullied?

 

Do you think that he tried hard enough to tell someone? Explain why/or why not.

 

What could he have done differently?

 

Why do you think Marnie wouldn’t say they were boyfriend and girlfriend?  Why would she be so willing to say she was Ace’s girlfriend now?

 

What do you think was on Ace’s phone?

 

Do you think Marnie knew what was on Ace’s phone? Explain why or why not.

 

Do you think Ace got what he deserved?  How do you feel about Ace doing community service? What do you think about Sam’s punishment?

 

Do you think JC should have been a better friend, why or why not?

 

What do you think about Sam’s father? Do you think he should have helped Sam with Ace? Would that have made a difference?

 

What do you think about Sam’s family dynamics?

 

Do you think that Sam’s grandpa should have seen this coming?  What do you think about his grandpa teaching him how to shoot a pistol?

 

What do you think Sam said to JC that day?

 

It is easy to think of bullying stories in simplistic terms--that bullies are bad and the victims are deserving of pity. Why do you think the author chose to write a story about a bullying victim who has negative qualities?

 

 



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Activity I: What Is Bullying? (55 minutes)

 

Introduction

Gun control, gun violence, and bullying have become hotly debated issues in our country. Until I Break by Kara Bietz explores the connection between bullying and gun violence. Students will explain and recognize different types of bullying.

 

TEKS

ELAR - 110.36 - 1 (a,c,d) 5 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g)

ELAR - 110.37 - 4 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i) 5 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g) 8 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g)

ELAR - 110.38 - 4 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i) 5 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g) 8 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g)

ELAR - 110.39 - 4 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i) 5 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i) 8 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i)

Debate - 110.60 - 2 (a,b,c,d) 6 (a,b,c) 7 (a,b,c) 8 (a,b,c,d,e) 9 (a,b,c,d,e)

PSY - 113.45 - 7 (a,b) 12 (a.b) 13 (a,b,c,d,g) 16 (a,b,c)

SOC - 113.46 - 6 (a,b,c) 7 (c,d) 20 ( a,b,c,d) 21 (a,b,c)

 

Books to Display

Until I Break by Kara Bietz

Stand Up to Bullying by Corona Brezina

Beating Bullying at Home and in your Community by Clara MacCarald

Teens and Bullying by Gail B. Stewart

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

 

 

Supply List

 Handout What Is Bullying?

Promethean Board

Computer

Paper

Pen/ Pencil

Video- Football Team Protects Bullied Girl

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6D1OZWpfdVU&feature=youtu.be

 

Detailed Description of Activity I:

 

The teacher will hand out the Paper Types of  Bullying

The teacher will go over the definitions for bullying.(5 minutes)

The teacher will show video - Football Team Protects Bullied Girl (5 minutes)

Then the students will be asked to break into 5 small groups assigned by the teacher, to write a short scenario for the teacher assigned type of bullying. (25 minutes)

The students will write a short scenario and act it out for the class.(20 minutes)

The teacher will ask the students to guess which type of bullying is being depicted in the scene.

After each scenario the class will explain why they think that type of bullying was acted out.

 

 


Activity II: Read and Discuss (55 minutes)

 

Introduction

Gun control, gun violence, and bullying have become hotly debated issues in our country. Until I Break by Kara Bietz explores the connection between bullying and gun violence.  Students will read three opposing viewpoint articles presented by the teacher. Then they will participate in both small and large group discussion on the articles.

 

TEKS

ELAR - 110.36 - 1 (a,c,d) 4 (a,b,c,f,g,h,i) 5 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g) 8 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g)

ELAR - 110.37 - 4 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i) 5 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g) 8 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g)

ELAR - 110.38 - 4 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i) 5 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g) 8 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g)

ELAR - 110.39 - 4 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i) 5 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i) 8 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i)

Debate - 110.60 - 2 (a,b,c,d) 6 (a,b,c) 7 (a,b,c) 8 (a,b,c,d,e) 9 (a,b,c,d,e)

PSY - 113.45 - 7 (a,b) 12 (a.b) 13 (a,b,c,d,g) 16 (a,b,c)

SOC - 113.46 - 6 (a,b,c) 7 (c,d) 20 ( a,b,c,d) 21 (a,b,c)

 

Books to Display

Until I Break by Kara Beitz

Everything You Need to Know About Gun Violence by Adam Furgang

Critical Perspectives on Gun Control by Anne C. Cunningham

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

 

Supply List

Notebook paper

Pen or Pencils

Printed Class set of the following Articles:

 

Carter, Gregg Lee. "Gun Rights or Gun Control?: Gun Ownership Should be Protected; Gun Stockpiling Should Not." Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society, ABC-CLIO, 2018, issues.abc-clio.com/Topics/Display/1153322?cid=13. Accessed 31 Jan. 2018.

Kelley, Beverly. "Gun Rights or Gun Control?: Guns Affect Society Positively and the Data Proves It." Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society, ABC-CLIO, 2018, issues.abc-clio.com/Topics/Display/1153322?cid=14. Accessed 6 Feb. 2018.

Vizzard, William. "Gun Rights or Gun Control?: Our Gun Laws Are Fine, the System That Implements Them Is Broken." Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society, ABC-CLIO, 2018, issues.abc-clio.com/Topics/Display/1153322?cid=15. Accessed 6 Feb. 2018.

Activity II: Resources for Teens, Teachers and Librarians

 

Epstein, Richard A. "There Is No Easy Solution to Preventing Gun Violence." Guns and Crime, edited by Noël Merino, Greenhaven Press, 2015. At Issue. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/EJ3010015271/OVIC?u=j101917&xid=56a2775d. Accessed 2 Feb. 2018. Originally published as "Will Banning Guns Prevent Another Aurora?" Defining Ideas, 24 July 2012.

 

"Gun Control." Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection, Gale, 2017. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/PC3010999212/OVIC?u=j101917&xid=8cedcd2e.  Accessed 2 Feb. 2018.

 

"Gun Rights or Gun Control?: Background Essay." Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society, ABC-CLIO, 2018, issues.abc-clio.com/Topics/Display/1153322?cid=20. Accessed 31 Jan. 2018.

 

"What type of gun control does the United States need?" America, 30 Oct. 2017, p. 6. General OneFile, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A514406518/ITOF?u=j101917&sid=ITOF&xid=f3a38cfd. Accessed 31 Jan. 2018.

 

Younge, Gary. "Gun Ownership Is a Dangerous Part of the American Identity." Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection, Gale, 2018. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/KAKNBU766087799/OVIC?u=j101917&xid=12486ab9. Accessed 5 Feb. 2018. Originally published as "Why Americans won’t give up their guns," Guardian, 6 Oct. 2017.

 

 

Detailed Description of Activity II:

The teacher will print the 3 articles form ABC-CLIO or Gale if accessible and make class sets of the articles.

 

Part One:

The teacher will instruct the students to read the articles and determine if the author is for or against gun control and write three details that support their opinion for each article.

The teacher will tell the students that their notes will be handed in as for a participation grade.

Students will read the three articles and take notes about the point of view and details they think support their conclusion for each article. (15 - 20 minutes)

 

Part Two:

Then the teacher will instruct the students to break into small groups to discuss their findings and feelings after reading the articles. (10 to 15 minutes)

 

Part Three:

Then the students will participate in a teacher lead class discussion about bullying and whether they think it did or did not play a role in the gun violence in Until I Break by Kara Bietz. (20 minutes)

 

Students will turn in their notes as a participation grade.

 


Activity III: Writing Prompt

 

Introduction

Gun control, gun violence, and bullying have become hotly debated issues in our country. Until I Break by Kara Bietz explores the connection between bullying and gun violence. Students will write a 1 to 2 page essay answering the prompt question :  Will stricter gun laws stop gun violence or would stronger anti-bullying lessons stop gun violence in schools?

 

TEKS

ELAR - 110.36 - 4 (a,b,c,f,g,h,i) 5 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g) 8 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g)

ELAR - 110.37 - 4 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i) 5 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g) 8 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g)

ELAR - 110.38 - 4 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i) 5 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g) 8 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g)

ELAR - 110.39 - 4 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i) 5 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i) 8 (a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i)

Debate - 110.60 - 2 (a,b,c,d) 6 (a,b,c) 7 (a,b,c) 8 (a,b,c,d,e) 9 (a,b,c,d,e)

PSY - 113.45 - 15 (a,b,c,d) 16(a,b,c)

SOC - 113.46 - 6 (a,b,c) 7 (c,d) 20 ( a,b,c,d) 21 (a,b,c)

  

Books to Display

Until I Break by Kara Beitz

Everything You Need to Know About Gun Violence by Adam Furgang

Critical Perspectives on Gun Control by Anne C. Cunningham

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

 

Supply List

Notes from Activity I

Notebook paper

Pen or Pencils

 

 

Detailed Description of Activity III:

 

The teacher will return the students notes and lead a quick review/discussion of the material covered during Activity I. (5 minutes)

 

 Students will write a 1 to 2 page essay using the prompt question :  Will stricter gun laws stop gun violence or would stronger anti-bullying lessons stop gun violence in schools? 

 

The teacher will explain that this is an in-class assignment that will be graded for content. They should be encouraged to focus on their ideas and take a stand as to whether they believe that gun control is or is not needed and whether tougher laws would stop gun violence. The students should be directed to use their notes from the class discussion after reading the opposing viewpoint articles to support their position. (50 minutes)

 

The teacher should collect the completed essays at the end of the class period.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Active Programs

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General Active Program Description

 The following active programs are programs that provide support for young adults in being proud of who they are and standing up for themselves and others. The first two activities build off of each other and can be programs are done in succession. The third activity can be done with the others or as a standalone program.

  

Activity 1 Title

 Be an Upstander, Not a Bystander PSA

 

Activity Introduction

At some point in a teens life, they will witness bullying. They have the choice to stand by and let it happen, or they can choose to stand up and do something. This program encourages teens to stand up for others they see being bullied in a safe manner.

 

 

Books to Display or Book Talk

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Until I Break by Kara Bietz

Gutless by Carl Deuker

Draw the Line by Laurent Linn

 

Activity Supply List

Teens will need their phones, if they don’t have a phone, you will need to have mini video recorders (such as Flip recorders) for the teens to use.

Connector cables

TV to watch PSA’s

 

 

Detailed Description of Activity

Post this quote by Martin Luther King in the room: “In the end we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

Have you ever seen someone being bullied and you didn’t know what to do, so you just stood by and watched. Standing by and doing nothing, can make it worse. You can be an upstander instead—the person who knows what’s happening is wrong and does something to make things right.  It takes courage to speak up on someone’s behalf.  But just think: by doing so, you are becoming a person of character and also helping someone else. The most important thing to remember is to be safe--don’t put yourself in harms way.

Here are some things you can safely do:

Don’t join in the bullying
Support the victim in private—show your concern and offer kindness
Stand with the victim and say something
Mobilize others to join in and stand up to the bully
Befriend the victim and reach out to him/her in friendship
Alert an adult

Do not worry – you are not ratting the bully out by telling an adult.  There’s a big difference between tattling and reporting a concern. Tattling is telling to get someone in trouble, reporting is telling to get someone out of trouble.

Today, we are going to create 3-5 minute PSAs (Public Service Announcements) about how to be an Upstander and not a Bystander. Form small groups. Pick one of the ways above or come up with another safe way to help to help someone who is being bullied.

Give the teens 15- 20 minutes to create their video.

Share the videos they created.

Have permission slips for parents to fill out so the teens you can share their videos on the library’s social media sites.

 

Activity Resources 

Parent Permission slips for social media use

 

Activity Resources for Teens, Teachers & Librarians

Be An Upstander videos

https://www.edutopia.org/blog/film-festival-bullying-prevention-upstanders

Promoting a Community of Upstanders

https://www.bullybust.org/students/upstander

 


 

Activity 2 Title

Pay It Forward Movie Screening

 

Activity Introduction

At some point in a teens life, they will witness bullying. This program encourages teens to be the good they want to see in the world. It encourages them to lead by example and do good things, in hopes, that others will see the good deeds and do their own. It is a followup to the Be a Upstander instead of a Bystander program.

 

Books to Display or Book Talk

Until I Break by Kara Bietz

Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde

The Long, Steep Path: Everyday Inspiration from the Author of Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Pay It Forward Kids: Small Acts, Big Change by Nancy Runstedler

 

Activity Supply List

Copy of the movie Pay It Forwar 

Snacks

Post its

Parent Permission slips (movie is PG-13)

 

Detailed Description of Activity

Follow up and review what it means to be an upstander.

View the movie Pay It Forward. Serve snacks such as popcorn and pretzels.

As the teens leave, gave them write a  Post-it note and have them write away they can pay it forward on and post on the wall as they leave. Put them up as a display and allow others to add.

 

Activity Resources (Produced by the Committee)

Program Flyers

 

 

Activity Resources for Teens, Teachers & Librarians

Random Acts of Kindness Website

https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/the-kindness-blog/2917-50-ways-to-pay-it-forward

 

 


 

 

Activity 3 Title 

You Are Amazing!

  

Activity Introduction

In Until I Break, Sam was an amazing athlete, student, and counselor. However, the repeated bullying by Ace broke him. This activity will help teens think about their strengths and how amazing they are, and allow trusted adults, share what they think is amazing about them. Hopefully this You Are Amazing jar, will become something the teens pull out when they need a pick me up. 

 

Books to Display or Book Talk

Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance by Simone Biles

Until I Break by Kara Bietz

This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl by Esther Earl, Lori Earl and Wayne Earl

 

Activity Supply List

Mason jars with lids, or emptied and cleaned recycled jars with lids – 1 for each teen
Decorating supplies: Use paint & paint brushes, pictures, Mod Podge, ribbon, felt, buttons, Sharpies, or any other crafting supplies you have on hand
Scissors
Craft glue
Colorful paper cut into strips.
Pre-printed inspirational quotes

 

Detailed Description of Activity 

Give each teen an empty jar. Give teens time (about 45 minutes) to decorate their jar and lid using the decoration materials provided. They can decorate it anyway they would like.

Have each teen write at least 5 complimentary things about themselves on strips of paper and put them inside the jar.

Have each teen pick several additional inspirational quotes to fold and place inside the jar. 

Each teen should also ask several friends, family members or mentors to write at least 5 complimentary things about the teen. These should also be cut into individual compliments, folded and placed in the decorated jar. (This part of the activity can be completed outside the library.)

 

Activity Resources for Teens, Teachers & Librarians

DIY Mason Jars: Thirty-Five Creative Crafts and Projects for the Classic Container by Melissa Averinos

Motivational Quotes for Teens:

https://www.interactiontalks.com/motivational-quotes-for-teenagers-success-in-life/

Inspiring Quotes from Young Adult Books

https://www.hookedtobooks.com/20-inspiring-ya-book-quotes/

 

 

 

 


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Passive Program

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Program Display

Passive Program #1

What is Bullying?

 

Introduction

What is Bullying? This is a bulletin board display describing the four types of bullying. It uses the definitions of bullying and images that relate to the four types of bullying.

 

Books to Display

Thirteen Reason Why by Jay Asher

Tangerine by Edward Bloor

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Gutless by Carl Deuker

This is What I Did by Ann Dee Ellis

Violent Ends: A Novel in Seventeen Points of View by Shaun David Hutchinson

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

Forgive Me Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Testimony by Anita Shreve

Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork

 

Supply List

Display board or bulletin board

Butcher block paper

Die cuts or markers

Scissors

Staples or tape

Color or black/white printer

Large brown envelope

Pens on a string

Stack of index cards cut into squares

 

Detailed Description of Activity

Find a bulletin board that teens walk by regularly

Print out the definitions and images

Create a bulletin board using the bullying definitions and images

Write the question: Have you been bullied?

Place an example answer the envelope

Place the large brown envelope next to the display with a pen on a string.

 

Example anonymous answer: Cyberbullied, name calling on social media, it felt awful!

 

Use the anonymous answers to facilitate a later discussion. 

 

Activity Resources

Until I Break Passive Program 1 Display

 

Resources for Teens, Teachers & Librarians

Defining Bullying

https://preventingbully.weebly.com/defining-bullying.html

Social Exclusion Image

http://www.worldpulse.com/en/community/users/kujamac12/posts/64595

Physical Bullying Image

www.trend-chasers.com/animals/dogs-of-snapchat-will-never-let-you-down/36/

https://preventingbully.weebly.com/defining-bullying.html

Verbal Bullying Image

https://preventingbully.weebly.com/defining-bullying.html

Cyberbullying Image

http://www.familywellnessinitiative.com/single-post/2016/06/30/Cyberbullying-What-Is-It-What-Can-You-Do

www.cyberbullying.org

 

 


 

Passive Program #2

Who Are You?

 

Introduction

Until I Break is about bullying among teenagers. The bully and the victim of bullying both have low self-esteem. This passive program is a bulletin board designed for young adults to think about who they are, and describe themselves in a six word memoir.

 

Books to Display

Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by Arin Andrews

Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance by Simone Biles

Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Fershleiser Rachel

I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets by Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen

 

Supply List

Multi-colored 4x4 Post-it Notes

Various pens/pencils

Example 6 word memoirs from celebrities (to display)- http://sixwordmemoirs.com/about/celebrity-six-world-memoirs/

 

Detailed Description of Activity

Display the following:


Legend has it that when Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a six-word novel, he came up with, “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.”


Inspired by Hemingway’s short story, SMITH magazine, launched online in 2006, challenged readers and famous writers alike to submit their own six-word memoirs. People of all ages sent in short life stories in droves, and the results were poignant, hilarious, devastating and good lessons to all. The six-word memoir showcases the efficiency of language.


Think about who you are. Think about what makes you memorable or what makes you tick or what makes you who you are or how you want to be remembered. Write your six-word memoir on a Post-it and share who you are.

Resources for Teens, Teachers & Librarians

Example 6 word memoirs from celebrities: www.sixwordmemoirs.com/about/celebrity-six-world-memoirs/

Six Word Memoirs- Teens: http://www.sixwordmemoirs.com/teens/

Six Word Memoirs YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/SmithMag/

 

 

 

 

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Active Program

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Book Discussion Questions

Passive Program

Program Display

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