Here are the main idea discussion questions for the story. After reading "JoJo and the three Bully B’s," the teacher will ask the students the following five questions.
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The Main Idea discussion questions are included below.
1. Teacher Says or Asks: Describe the Bully B’s.
a. The Bully B’s is a gang made up of three sixth-grade boys who all have first names that begin with the letter B.
b. Bob is the leader of the gang.
c. Bo and Bill are the two other members of the gang.
2. Teacher Asks: What was the lie JoJo told about why he had a black eye? Why do you think he lied?
a. JoJo said the reason he had the black eye was because he tripped over his bike like a klutz.
b. He lied because he was hoping that if he refused to snitch on the Bully B’s, they wouldn’t want to beat him up a second time.
c. Just in case, JoJo kept looking over his shoulder all week.
3. Teacher Asks: What was Tommy’s secret of why he thinks the Bully B’s have never come after him?
a. Tommy said it is because he laughs and smiles and jokes around a lot.
b. He learned from his Mom that if you act like a victim, you’ll get bullied every time.
c. When Tommy’s Mom was in third grade, she got punched in the stomach a lot. She would cry every time. That’s what she called doing the VICTIM DANCE; therefore, those two bullies couldn’t help but dance the BULLY DANCE.
d. So his Mom learned to force herself not to cry. Then she forced herself to laugh like it was funny. Those boys got bored and stopped hitting her altogether.
e. Tommy also learned that you have to stand up straight and tall and you need to make eye contact with the bully.
4. Teacher Asks:
A. What was the name that Tommy and JoJo came up with for when you remember to use good posture, make eye contact, and smile and laugh even when you feel scared or sad?
Students Respond: HERO DANCE
B. Teacher Asks: Why do you think they gave it that name?
Students Respond: (Accept Reasonable Answers.)
5. Teacher Says or Asks: JoJo’s Mom cleans her house using the Divide and Conquer method by focusing on cleaning one room at a time. What steps did JoJo take to Divide and Conquer with the Bully B’s. Tell what happened in the end.
a. At Ryan’s, JoJo met Bill by the dessert bar. When Bill made fun of his black eye, JoJo joked that it was a little present from some friends. He asked Bill if it made him look like a raccoon or a pirate or a one-eyed bandit. Bill walked away because he didn’t know how to respond.
b. JoJo ran into Bo at Harrison’s Drugstore. He told a funny story about getting smooth peanut butter stuck on the roof of his mouth and finally wiping it off underneath the bottom of the couch. This made Bo laugh and think about his sister doing the same thing with her boogers.
c. Tommy and JoJo went to an after school math tutoring class to get ready for a math test. Bully Bob was there, too. They all three ended up wishing each other good luck on the math test they each had to take the next day.
d. So JoJo had made a one-on-one connection with each bully, deciding to treat them like people rather than somebody to be scared of.
e. Afterward, JoJo forced himself to approach the Bully B’s in the same place they had beat him up in the first place, the alleyway beside Harrison’s Drugstore. He walked up and told them a funny hunting story. He encouraged them to tell some funny hunting stories of their own. They ended up laughing and talking. They asked why he didn’t tell on them. He said that he was no snitch; however, he hoped they would never do it again. In the end, they let him go. JoJo felt certain they would never bully him again as they kind of looked on him as a bit of a friend now.
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