Same Scene, Multiple Perspectives


The Weird Series by Erin Frankel

In grade 2 this week we focused on three different books written by one author; we read and discussed the Weird series by Erin Frankel.  The three books are important in that they not only focus on a single situation of bullying but that they also tell the story from three different perspectives: the bully, the bullied, and the person who sees the bullying but is reluctant to help.  As a class we read the three books and looked closely for clues in the texts, illustrations and dedications in the front of each book to better understand the author’s message.  We also wrote responses to our reading and used vocabulary we learned in the books, including bully, target and bystander.  We had lots of interesting conversations, including why the bully may have been symbolized by a heart (ask your child to explain) and that there is always more than one perspective to any situation.

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