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National Bullying Prevention Month: Lessons for Educating Your Students

The impacts of bullying on young children and teenagers, both physical and emotional, cannot be understated. Over the last decade, wonderful organizations like PACER and StopBullying.gov have brought much-needed attention to the issue of bullying. But there's still a lot of work that needs to be done, especially when it comes to educating our students about the issue. In honor of October's National Bullying Prevention Month, we've rounded up some differentiated close reading and argumentative writing lessons, featuring engaging and authentic informational and literary texts, about bullying to share with your students. Sign up for a free ThinkCERCA account to view these lessons >>

Free Close Reading Lessons

Applied Argumentative Writing Lessons

Differentiated Lesson Sets for Grades 4-12


  • Bullying: How does bullying affect everyone involved: the victim, the bully, and the bystander?
  • Conflict and Dominance: How do conflict and the struggle for dominance affect the human spirit?
Elizabeth Riley Boyer

Elizabeth Riley Boyer

Elizabeth Riley Boyer is an experienced journalist, digital content strategist, and operations manager. Prior to joining ThinkCERCA, she was part of the founding team at Impact Engine, Chicago’s first social impact investment fund and accelerator. As Impact Engine’s Director of Operations & Communications, Elizabeth oversaw the company’s overall processes, day-to-day planning and finances, curriculum development, marketing strategy, and community outreach.

Elizabeth also spent three years at Chicago magazine, most recently as its Digital Engagement Editor, where she managed the organization’s social media and reader engagement initiatives. Elizabeth also works as a freelance content strategist, writer, and communications consultant. Her recent writings on impact entrepreneurship have been featured by the Huffington Post and Crain’s Chicago Business.

In 2007, Elizabeth helped open a private school for underprivileged children while volunteering for a nonprofit organization in the Dominican Republic. This experience inspired her to quit a paper-pushing job at an insurance brokerage firm to pursue a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Elizabeth also holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

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