This lesson plan for teachers of primary students aged 9 to 10 years old at level A2 explores the theme of bullying. Students will make an anti-bullying poster and give a presentation of the story.

This is a series of activities and related worksheets for you to download and use with the storybook Is it because? It forms part of the Promoting diversity through children’s literature series, produced by the British Council Teaching Centre in Paris.

Age group

9-10 years old



About the story
Is it because? skilfully addresses the issue of bullying. It tells an objective story that succeeds in engaging sympathy for both the bully’s victim and the bully himself. The story is structured around the question 'Is it because?' and told in rhyme. 'Is it because he’s got silly names? Is it because he’s no good at games?' A small boy asks his pet dog why a bully is picking on him. After many 'Is it because?' questions, the little boy comes to the conclusion that Peregrine Ffrogg is unhappy, has no friends and is jealous of him. 'Is it because he’d rather be me!' The questions he asks make him think and lead him to a greater understanding of himself and of the bully. Is it because the bully is a victim, too?

Language areas

  • Personal descriptions
  • Abilities
  • Cause and effect, problems and solutions
  • Friendship
  • Similes 

Diversity themes

  • Becoming aware of similarities and differences
  • Understanding the behaviour of a bully and the reasons for bullying
  • Valuing friendship 

Main outcomes

  • Giving a presentation of the story
  • Singing a Friendship song
  • Making a friendship tree and display
  • Making an anti-bullying poster and display

Is it because? Tony Ross, Andersen Press
ISBN 1-84270-296-3
Story notes by Gail Ellis and piloted by Julia Diallo 

The materials form part of the Promoting diversity through children’s literature series, produced by the British Council Teaching Centre in Paris. You can download materials for five sessions of around three hours each. The materials include:

  • A sequence of activities - a plan for you to follow
  • Worksheets - for you to print and use with your learners


Hi Wajida

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Thank you for sharing this extraordinary link!I am teaching an 11 years old kid. I belief a lesson plan that includes a story like this -bullying...- will help me draw his attention to the content. I've been looking for the storybook (told) to read first, and then introduce the list of materials one by one. Is there such a story on which the materials are based? Or does it build up as the tutor student interaction progresses?I think I am missing something!Thanks in advance for replyingAhmed


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