Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins
Grade Level: 4, 5, 6
Standards / Framework:
Brief Description: Using comic scenarios, students will reflect on what triggers them and how to cope with those triggers.
Know Before You Start: Students should know the definition of the word trigger.
Hook: Read and discuss the comic as a class or independently.
- What does the term trigger mean?
- If you were in any of these situations, how much would it trigger, or upset, you?”
Activity: Have students reflect on each comic scenario and write down answers to the following questions:
- Does this situation trigger you? Why or why not?
- If it would trigger you, what could you do to cope with the situation? Be specific.
Closure: In small groups or as a class, have students share specific scenes that would be triggering for them and why. This is a great opportunity to review compassion and positive intent; different situations trigger different people and being mindful of those possibilities will make the classroom environment successful and welcoming to all.
Extension: Have students create their own “triggering” scenarios in a comic. Don’t forget to add helpful tips on how to cope!
Print out reflection questions for activity.
Pair students with a peer model.
Provide sentence frames for reflection questions and closing conversation.
Allow students to use Pixton to show how they are triggered. Encourage students to utilize action and facial expression features.