Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Bully Summary Response- Maren Porter and Sarah Haylsey

Summary Response Outline

  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, main idea
  • Supporting ideas and explanations to prove main ideas
  • Explanation of ideas
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea

SUMMARY: Bully, directed by Lee Hirsch, portrays the untold story of bullying victims and their experiences. The documentary follows the unique lives of several teenagers’ involvement as a victim of bullying, as well as how they individually deal with the abuse. These people respond to their bully in a variety of different ways, such as creating movements, confrontation, self-harm, therapy, and moving away. The director traces the stories to the central idea of how bullying affects more than the bully and victim, but the entire community as well.

  • Topic sentence: title, author, strong verb, agree/disagree (correctly portrays/ incorrectly portrays) because ___________ .
  • Claim 1:
    • Set-up
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (  I, iii, 233-236  )
    • Explanation of quotation to prove claim
  • Counterclaim 1: However, ....
    • Set-up
    • Evidence: Lead-in  “ quotation” (       )
    • Explanation of quotation to prove counterclaim
  • What are the strengths/ flaws of this argument?
  • Concluding sentence: restate main idea

RESPONSE: Bully, directed by Lee Hirsch, correctly presents the idea of bullying being a widespread pandemic universally unrecognized, because of his in depth submersion into the lives of some victims and their families. Hirsch demonstrates that bullying is obscured from the general acknowledgement of the people. While speaking of his son, who committed suicide at age 11, Kirk Smalley, father of late Ty Smalley, explained “You know, we're nobodies. I guarantee you, if some politician’s kid did this, because he was getting picked on at a public school, there’d be a law tomorrow, there’d be changed made tomorrow. We’re nobody, but love each other and we loved our son [Ty Smalley],” (Hirsch). When Kirk Smalley compares the actions of his son, and the reaction therapon, to a politician’s theoretical son, he explains that because Ty was just a random kid, no one is going to take action. If the victim was the son of a person with power, people would notice how big of an issue bullying is and would take action immediately to rectify it. However, evidence shows that bullying is being recognized and actions are being taken to prevent it. Documentaries like Bully show and bring attention to this worldwide problem. “I would argue that someone that was looking with a keen eye, looking to understand and to see, could walk into a lunchroom and within five minutes point out the kids in that lunchroom that were bullied,” (Hirsch). If a qualified individual looked into these problems, then they could take action to prevent bullying. Also, movements like Stand for the Silent, who have helped over 1 million people all over the world with bullying bring needed attention to this problem. Many think that bullying is being taken into account and dealt with at the source. One cannot deny that movements are being made to prevent bullying, and they are working. But it’s more complicated than that. Some kids won’t tell an authority figure, or won’t take action themselves until it is too late. When finally starting to talk about his experiences, Alex Libby, a victim of longtime bullying, tells the documentary crew,  “They punched me in the jaw, strangled me, they knocked things out of my hand, take things from me, sit on me. They push me so far that, I want to become the bully,” (Hirsch). Alex’s story shows that bullying escalates far past what anyone would expect. Later, the camera crews thought that the bullying was so bad, they turned over footage to Libby’s parents and school authorities. They were shocked at how bad it actually was. Hirsch illustrates the pandemic that is bullying in his documentary, Bully (2011). He acknowledges bullying is globally unrecognized, and tries to bring more attention to it, so that actions will be taken to prevent it.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent work in your summary and response. Really good choices and strong verbs throughout. Make sure that each quotation has a lead in. My only suggestion is strengthening rebuttal. Work on adding more to support your side to Berrien. Overall great work. 18