Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)

Lesson Length: 45 mins - 1 hour

Topic: Boundaries

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Through prompted questions in comics, students will reflect on people and situations where they may have struggled with setting boundaries to better prepare for similar future scenarios.

Know Before You Start: Students should understand what boundaries are and why they are important to establish.

Hook:

  • Have students think of a time someone asked them a question or wanted to know something about them that made them feel uncomfortable. What did that feel like?
  • Explain that sometimes we are asked to explain ourselves even when we have the right not to—it’s called setting boundaries. In the moment it can be hard to set boundaries like saying no to someone when they ask a favor or telling someone that it’s not something you’d like to share if they ask a personal question.
  • Today we are going to reflect on a past experience to practice the next time we are needing to set boundaries.

Activity:

  • Display a digital or print version of the comic reflection questions.
  • Have students reflect on each question in writing. They can use the comic character’s answer as examples.
  • The following conversation sentence frames will help them dialogue asking for help (comic panel 5). 
    • That is something I would rather not talk about…
    • I don’t like it when people speak to me that way. I’d prefer...
    • I appreciate you asking me to do that, but I’d rather...
It’s important to remind students that these answers aren’t to be shared with their classmates as some of these answers may involve people other students know. It’s also important for students to avoid using specific names.

Closure: As a class, have students reflect on their answers:

  • What makes it hard for me to establish boundaries?
  • How can I respect other people’s boundaries better? 
  • What happens if someone keeps crossing boundaries that I have tried to establish?

Differentiation:

  • Print or display the conversation sentence frames for students to copy (see activity).
  • Have students create a fictional comic depicting a character setting boundaries.

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