Instructional objective: Students will write about the following ten discussion questions for the Anger Management tale called “SPAM and Stairstep Thinking.”
Teaching Poster for Classroom Use:
- SPAM and Stairstep Thinking Poster
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Section 8: Anger Management Writing Assignment for story called “SPAM and Stairstep Thinking”
After reading the story called “SPAM and Stairstep Thinking,” get your students to respond to the following ten questions.
- Anger Management Story link: SPAM and Stairstep Thinking
- Anger Management Role-Play link: SPAM and Stairstep Thinking
Students answer the following questions:
1. What Anger Triggers and Anger Cues did you observe happened to Jason in the story?
2. What does each letter in the SPAM acronym stand for and how does it work?
3. Why do you think it is important to find something to appreciate about the person or event that provoked your anger in the first place?
4. Think about times that you were angry at someone. Looking backward in time, what kind of things can you find, from your perspective now, to appreciate about that person or event?
5. Imagine you are Lee trying to teach your friend Jason the anger management techniques of SPAM and Stairstep Thinking. Write out a dialogue or mini-play about how you will do this. Jason begins the conversation by saying the following. Copy his statement down and then continue the mini-play by telling what Lee says and how Jason responds to what Lee says.
Jason: Blake says horrible things that make me feel so angry and hurt. What can I do now and in the future to deal with this better?
6. What character qualities did Lee display as he helped his friend Jason feel better?
7. If Jason decided to keep holding on to his feelings of anger at Blake, who is he hurting more, Blake or himself? Please explain.
8. If Jason still allowed himself to be angered by Blake’s words, who is in control of Jason’s life: himself or Blake? Please explain.
9. What are your feelings and impressions of the characters in this story? Blake? Jason? Lee?
10. Next time your anger gets provoked, do you honestly see yourself doing anything differently as a result of hearing this story? If so, what would that be?
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