Words that Hurt
Running Time: 17 Minutes
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Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me! Every kid knows this old nursery rhyme is just not true. Words do hurt. This age-appropriate program shows students how powerful words can be and what they can do when someone uses words that hurt. Viewers watch engaging, true-life scenarios about three students who feel sad and angry because of others’ hurtful words. Viewers are given point-by-point instructions on what each child does to remedy the situation. Students see that expressing their feelings and taking action helps them feel better.
The program includes a comprehensive Teacher's Resource Book written by a certified Special Education teacher. The guide includes a Differentiated Lesson Plan and extension activities to accompany the video.
Research-Based video, plus teacher’s resource book with differentiated lesson plan, student handouts and pre/post test in digital format
Being the victim of teasing, exclusion, or rumors is hurtful and this straightforward program, hosted by two teens, offers helpful advice and tips to handle such situations. In the first scenario, a young boy gets teased because he has difficulty writing a report. He goes to the resource teacher who explains that writing is difficult for him because of dyslexia. She encourages him to seek out friends who are understanding and share similar interests. Next, a young girl has to quit dance lessons after her mother loses her job. Then a friend spreads rumors that the family is facing homelessness. The youngster confronts her rumor-spreading friend. Finally, two girls who want to join a basketball game are told to “get lost.” The girls talk to a counselor who speaks to the children about hurtful, exclusive language. In each dramatized scenario, kids are advised to speak up, be assertive, and talk to a grown up. A good classroom resource and discussion prompter.
— Candace Smith, Booklist Online
Three skits performed by elementary-school age actors dramatize the ways in which words can hurt fellow students. The vignettes are narrated by two teenagers who provide the same three suggestions after each segment: speak up, be assertive, and ask a grownup for help. The situations are typical of school behavior problems, although the acting is perfunctory. "Teasing Ends When You Find New Friends" features a boy getting hassled about being dyslexic. "Truth Beats Rumor" deals with the unforeseen consequences of gossip. "Words That Exclude Are Rude" explains how words can hurt feelings when people are deliberately left out. Colorful graphics provide an unchanging, busy backdrop for the narrators, and a recap reviews what to do in each challenging situation. Chapter headings can be accessed for easy reference. The best resource, the comprehensive teacher's guide prepared by special education teacher Leanne Arnow, is available in PDF format when you insert the disk into a DVD-ROM with Adobe Acrobat Reader. It includes program summaries, pre- and post-assessments, lesson plans with extensions and adaptations for special needs and gifted students, parent fact sheets, and many useful printable items. The top-notch follow-up ideas would be a great help for counseling sessions as well as classrooms.
—Lonna Pierce, MacArthur and Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, Binghamton, NY
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