Summary Response Outline
- Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, main idea
- Bully by Lee Hirsch introduces viewers to the to horrendous truths that are present in the everyday lives of bullied children and adolescents.
- Supporting ideas to prove main ideas
- The film consists of documented footage from the perspectives of five bullied children dispersed in public schools throughout the United States.
- Although the subjects range from 11 to 17 years old, all of their stories reflect the influential properties that bullying can have on one’s life.
- One of the more exaggerated cases in the documentary is that of 12 year old Alex Libby.
- Explanation of ideas (example)
- Alex lives in Sioux, Iowa and attends East Middle School.
- In the film, Alex explains his anxiety about starting the new school year. During a series of segments and interviews, the viewers learn that Alex has difficulties making friends, and discover that he gets impression that kids do not like him and do not want to be around him.
- This is mainly due to the mental and physical harm that is inflicted onto Alex by most of his classmates on the bus.
- Before, during, and after school, Alex is harassed by other students in the forms of strangling, punching, enclosement, thievery, offensive name calling, and threatening comments.
- At first, Alex explains how he ignores the cruel comments being made against him and how he is determined to come off strong to avoid defeat.
- Unfortunately, the consistency of Alex’s treatment day on an day forth eventually alters his perspectives on several elements of his character. His views change as he acclimates himself to his daily neglect.
- At the climax of Alex’s story, his altered characteristics result in him feeling constantly more inclined to be the bully. This is the horrid reality of bullying that exists in the children like Alex in the film.
- Concluding sentence: restate main idea
- Clearly, when the reality of bullying is disclosed such as in Bully by Lee Hirsch, individuals realize the common presence and prolonged duration of bullying in modern society.
- Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, agree/disagree (correctly portrays/ incorrectly portrays), because ___________ and ______________
The Film Bully by Lee Hirsch correctly portrays the severity of the consequences of bullying, because it can lead to depression.
- Claim 1:
This film shows harshness of bullying through the life of many victims of bullying. The bullies do not know how much they are damaging their targets. Kelby’s dad told her,
- Evidence: Lead-in
Kelby’s dad told her, “You don’t know what a person’s been through until you walk a mile in their shoes” (Hirsch).
- Explanation of quotation to prove claim
The bullies do not know the impact of their bullying until they live a day in their victim’s life. For example, on the outside, Alex pretends he does not care about the bullying. Really, on the inside he is despises the bullying. If the bullies lived a day in the life of Alex, they would not be happy with their experience.
- Counterclaim 1: However,
- The circumstances in which bullying is present are not always correctly portrayed in the film. When the subjects’ school and home environment are analyzed, it can be inferred from the appearances of their homes, neighborhoods, and parental behaviors that the bullied children in the film belong to the middle and lower classes. This creates a perceptual image that only children in economically lower classes are bullied. An experience from a bullied child in a higher economic class is not included in the film. This left out perspective is mentioned in an interview with one of the parents of the subjects, Kelby. Kelby’s father explains in this interview,
- Evidence: Lead-in “ quotation” ( )
- “If a politician’s child died because he was picked on at his public school, there would be a law passed the next day”
- Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim
- Kelby’s father makes a valid point that there are children that are bullied in more opulent families. These children normally have more parental and economic power to discontinue their treatment. This experience is not filmed in the documentary, and thus incorrectly portrays a VARIETY of experiences.
- What are the strengths/ flaws of this argument? Rebuttal progression
A common understanding in this film is that if a son of a man with power is being bullied, there would be a fight against bullying the next day. This seems reasonable because if the father of the victim is a politician, he will not be happy. He will want to defend his kid and work on getting a law passed against bullying. However, most of the people that are being bullied are the children of people who do not have power. Their voice will not be heard if they try and stop bullying. This makes the situation worse because the same kids will still be bullied and nothing will be done to stop it.
- Concluding sentence: restate main idea
Bullying is happening in many schools today, and has a negative impact on one’s life.