Did you know that this week is No Name-Calling Week, an annual week of educational and creative activities aimed at ending name-calling, bullying and harassment in our schools. And today is National No Name-Calling Day. That means that for at least the next few days in schools across our country, educators will be engaging students in activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds. And, the hope is for many schools, that these activities launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities.
No Name-Calling Week was inspired by a young adult novel entitled “The Misfits” by popular author, James Howe. The book tells the story of four best friends trying to survive the seventh grade in the face of all too frequent taunts based on their weight, height, intelligence, and sexual orientation/gender expression. Motivated by the inequities they see around them, the “Gang of Five” (as they are known) creates a new political party during student council elections and run on a platform aimed at wiping out name-calling of all kinds. Though they lose the election, they win the support of the school’s principal for their cause and their idea for a “No Name-Calling Day” at school.
No Name-Calling Week was officially launched in March 2004 as a co-created project of GLSEN and Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing, and now has over 40 partnering organizations to help share resources and information about effective ways to prevent bullying in schools. GLSEN and he National Association of Elementary Principals have created a free elementary school lesson plan pack. This 46 page document contains all five lesson plans from GLSEN and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), plus additional resource material. Click here to download the free No Name-Calling elementary lesson plan pack for your school or community.
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