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.
- 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?
- 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.
- Have students create their own comics showing a “triggering” scenario and include strategies for coping.
- In small groups or as a class, have students share specific scenes that would trigger 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.
- Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
Provide reflection questions.
Pair students with a peer model.
Provide sentence frames for reflection questions and closing conversation.
Comic to print or display: Comic.
The Boy with Big, Big Feelings by Britney Winn Lee.
How to Take the Grrrr Out of Anger by Elizabeth Verdick & Marjorie Lisovskis.
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