Many of you are probably gearing up for school to begin again after Spring Break, so I figured there’s no time like the present to unleash or reintroduce some resources and curriculum gems that I’ve created over the years.
So here’s another one!
Every time there is another school shooting (this post is in reference to one that occurred a while back in Townsville, South Carolina Elementary School) we have an opportunity for a teachable moment.
The school shooting at a Townsville, SC Elementary School is neither the beginning nor the end of this problem. (The fact that I’m posting this article wayyyy after I wrote it, and the number of school shootings that have happened since I first created this post…proves this disturbing point).
Teachers may find the book,Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser to be relevant reading. The book reads well and is also available for audio recording on Audible which you can do for free with their latest promotion: Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks.
There are a couple of different ways to build out a lesson or unit on this topic. For an in-class or extra credit assignment, students may enjoy analyzing Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine: Bowling for Columbine (Special Edition) and there are other movies and documentaries on this topic that can provide extra context for deepening understanding.
I have done all of the above and the lessons/units have always been a success with my students.
This topic can also apply in various disciplines including English, Social Studies, and Humanities.
For additional materials on the topic, check out my e-book – School Shootings – Current Event Topic – 15 Activities for Parents and Teachers: School Shootings – Current Event Topic – 15 Activities for Parents and Teachers