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Milton’s Dreams Are Dashed

Being bullied by the "torture patrol" affects Milton’s tuba lesson.

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Question 1: What is Milton Weems’ big dream?

I doubt it. I wouldn’t want to hang out with Brick, would you?

Right. And he’ll probably be the first one!

I’m sure he wants them to quit bullying him, wouldn’t you? Are there any other good answers?

Question 2: How did Srta. Ortega react when Milton said he’d been picked on by some guys in school?

Right. What else did she tell him?

No way! That wouldn’t be very helpful, would it? Try again.

Right. And Srta. Ortega is absolutely correct.

Question 3: How many different ways was Milton bullied today at school?

Is that all? Look again.

Any other ways?

Right. And that was just today! What are some other ways that kids bully each other?

Question 4: If Milton tries to keep ignoring Brick, do you think the bullying will stop?

Maybe . . . but I doubt it. It looks like Milton has been bullied a long time by Brick and his friends, so I think it’s going to take something more to stop it.

Right. Sometimes trying to ignore a bully will work, but usually the bullying just continues. In Milton’s case, it looks like the bullying has been going on a long time. He did the right thing in talking to Sra. Ortega.

Question 5: What do you think Srta. Ortega should do to help Milton?

This is probably a good idea. How do you think Milton would feel about that? What else might she do?

I agree. Milton seems to really like hanging out with Srta. Ortega. What else should she do?

Yes. Often, this is the best way to stop bullying. How do you think Milton would feel about this? How could Srta. Ortega do this without making it worse for Milton? What else should Srta. Ortega do?

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