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"be or feel down" = be or feel sad

"James has been really down lately because he has few close friends at school."

"pick a fight" = start a fight

"Some of the kids are always trying to pick a fight with our son for unknown reasons."

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[ Quiz Script ]

1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

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difficultbullyingconversationman - woman01:57

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

HELPFUL TIP: Many children experience bullying at school that can lead to depression and even suicide. Being more compassionate of differences can lead to healthier lives.

2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

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1. What is the name of the girl?
A. Marsha
B. Michelle
C. Megan

2. She is a student in ____________.
A. elementary school
B. junior high school
C. high school

3. The girl's teacher just thinks that she needs to _____________ to make things better.
A. talk more
B. study quietly
C. pay attention

4. Some of the students have been __________________.
A. ignoring the girl at lunch
B. making fun of her clothes
C. stealing the girl's books

5. What did some kids do on Facebook that hurt the girl's feelings?
A. They deleted her as a friend.
B. They didn't invite her to a friend's birthday party.
C. They wrote some awful messages.

6. The girl's mother is planning on __________________ to resolve the problem.
A. meeting with the school principal
B. contacting the local police
C. discussing the issue with a lawyer

7. The teacher wants to ________________.
A. apologize to the girl by email
B. talk to her the next day at school
C. read books on suicide prevention

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Correct answers:

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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Have you (or someone you know) ever experienced bullying at school or in your neighborhood? If so, explain the situation, how you felt, and how things turned out for you. Have you bullied someone in any big or small way? Why did you do it? What led you to stop at some point (if you did stop)?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Use the Internet to find information on these questions:

  • How is bullying in person different from cybebullying (for example, you can cyberbullying someone else 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)?
  • What are the effects of cyberbullying on people?
  • What are the warning signs of cyberbullying?
  • What are ways in which people are cyberbullied on the Internet?
  • What can people do to protect themselves from cyberbullying?
  • Are boys or girls more likely bully other kids?
  • Are people who are bullied more likely to suffer from depression or die by suicide?

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