Anti-Bullying Poems & Songs

Instructor: Elisha Madison

Elisha is a writer, editor, and aspiring novelist. She has a Master's degree in Ancient Celtic History & Mythology and another Masters in Museum Studies.

Bullying is a problem in school today. This lesson discusses different ways to use music and poetry to promote an anti-bullying message and engage students.

Poetry and Music

Art of all varieties can be a great way to release the stress of bad situations. It is a healthy way of expressing anger, sadness, and other negative emotions. However, kids of all ages struggle with showing those emotions, especially if they do not feel they can be artistic. A good way to start is with poetry and music.

Music is something most kids listen to and can relate to. Music and poetry can be used in many different ways in a classroom. It can be used to:

  • Teach about bullying - Music can be played as students come into the classroom, loud enough to make it the conversation piece. Kids will likely start moving or singing along. Once the song is over, then you can go over the words, what they mean and why bullying is a problem. Having the students pick out parts of the song and analyze them will also create more emphasis without repetitive conversations about bullying. It can even be a fun homework exercise.
  • Teach kids how to express their bullying worries through music and poetry - Showing students all the different types of poetry, with and without meter, with and without rhyme, can help encourage students to express their own thoughts through poetry. Listening to anti-bullying music or reading a poem can help provide inspiration. Students can write their poems as homework or in-class assignments, or you can have them analyze a poem or song in a paper.
  • Teach about music and poetry with a relatable topic - The reality is that not all students like poetry, but they all probably have feelings about bullying. Finding different bullying poems and songs that demonstrate different types of meter and rhyme can make the subject more interesting and engaging, however.


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