Bullying Lesson Plan for High School

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

We've all heard the word, but do your students really know enough about bullying? A text lesson walks through basic facts and a role-playing activity gives the class a chance to reinforce what they've learned. Extensions and related lessons are provided for future instruction.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'bullying'
  • identify types of bullying
  • discuss the signs of bullying


1 to 2 hours

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.


Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author's claims.


Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.


  • Begin by asking students to define 'bullying.'
  • Write their definitions on the board and discuss as a class.
  • Now ask students to watch the introduction, 'Why We're Talking About Bullying', and 'Definition of Bullying' sections of the video lesson What is Bullying? - Definition, Types & Coping Strategies.
  • How did their definitions compare to the information that was provided in the lesson?
  • Now have students reflect on a time when they felt bullied. Or, if they are really brave, a time when they bullied another person.
  • Have students share their experiences with the class for discussion. If you think they are uncomfortable, encourage them to write about their experiences instead.
  • Now ask the class to watch the 'Types of Bullying' and 'Bullying Actions' sections of the lesson.
  • Have them classify the examples of bullying they shared with the class (or wrote about) in light of the information provided in the text lesson. Does everyone agree on these?
  • As a class, brainstorm some potential signs of bullying, writing key points on the board.
  • Now have the class watch the rest of the lesson now.
  • How did the brainstormed list compare to the information provided in the lesson on signs of bullying? Discuss this as a class.

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