The Middleburg Upstanders

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Bridge to Terabitia

A scene from the film: Bridge to Terabitia
Themes that are covered in this film clip: Understanding bullies / Including others / Empathy

Before you view this clip

Are you familiar with the plot of Bridge to Terabitia? Here’s a bit of background for you:
“A new girl at school teaches a boy who is a loner what it means to tap into his imagination and experience adventures beyond the ordinary.”

This 2007 film from Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media is directed by Gabor Csupo, written by Jeff Stockwell and David Paterson, and stars Josh Hutcherson, Anna Sophia Robb, Zooey Deschanel, Robert Patrick, and Bailee Madison.

It will be best if this clip can be viewed with “The Ant Bully” and “The War,” as these clips point out that bullies themselves are often victims of bullying, abuse, or harassment at the same time.

Some Questions for Discussion After Viewing the Film Clip

  • Can bullies be victims of bullying, abuse, or harassment?
  • In this clip, what’s the story behind the bully?
  • How was Jess an agent of courteous goodwill to the wounded bully?
  • Have you ever reached out to an outcast or bully? Why? Why not?

Moving to Take Action

Have students write a journal reflecting on the following questions and share the stories in group:
“Have you ever done or said something mean to a person who did nothing to hurt your feeling when you were hurt by someone else?” “Why did you do it?”