This story and all the stories in the series serve to teach students about anger triggers, anger cues, anger styles, anger control, and how to deal with bullies.
- Click to read Bullies, Bystanders, and Victims Chapter 1: Part 1 of 9
Part 2: Story called “Nick’s Anger Triggers”
A. Teacher reads story to class called “Nick’s Anger Triggers.”
B. Story Description: Seventh-grader Nick Sanders has to deal with the bullying-type behavior of his two older brothers almost on a daily basis. You also learn about the other anger triggers on the home front that contributes to him having a case of the ‘angries’ once again.
Nick’s Anger Triggers
© 2010-2011 by Debbie Dunn
Chapter 1, Story 1 of 3: Nick’s Anger Triggers
Have you ever had one of those days when it seems like everything has gone wrong? That’s what was happening to a seventh-grade boy named Nick.
Nick Sanders was mad, mad, mad! Nick grumbled to himself, “I’ve got me a case of the Angries again!”
It all started when he woke up. First, his oldest brother, Randall, stunk up the bathroom with his cigarettes. Then, his middle brother, Greg, stunk up the bathroom with puke.
Why did Greg puke? He has asthma and can’t handle the smoke smell very well. Still, this never stops him from eating breakfast.
Since Nick was the youngest, he always got stuck getting into the bathroom last. Nick thought, “I hate it that we only have one bathroom! I hate it that just because Randall is a high school senior, he thinks he can boss me around. I hate it that just because Greg is a high school sophomore and we have to share a room, he thinks he can boss me around as well. I hate it that our parents are divorced and Dad lives in another city – not that he was so nice to us kids when he was here. I hate it that Mom has to work so much since Dad never makes child support payments. I hate, hate, hate being the youngest, always stuck with the raw end of the deal!”
Nick tried to get ready for school as fast as he could. Unfortunately, when he got to the kitchen, Randall and Greg were filling their cereal bowls with a second helping of cereal. Then they played ‘monkey in the middle’ as Nick tried to get hold of the cereal box. When he finally did manage to grab the box, he found that they had only left him enough to half-fill his cereal bowl. “No fair!” Nick yelled.
Randall and Greg just laughed. Nick snapped, “Cut it out!” Randall reached over, tapped his cigarette ash into Nick’s half-filled orange juice glass, and then headed out the door. Greg quickly followed as the high school bus always came thirty minutes before the middle school bus.
That left Nick having to clean up the kitchen. As Nick’s stomach rumbled with hunger, he thought, “I wish Mom was here.” Unfortunately, she had already left for her waitressing job.
- Click to read Bullies, Bystanders, and Victims Chapter 1: Part 3 of 9
Return to Bullies, Bystanders, and Victims Middle School lesson plan: Chapter 1 of 12
The 8 Tools of Anger Control plus much of the other Anger Control material is also adopted with permission from the programs of The Anger Coach produced by psychologist Dr. Tony Fiore.
- URL: http://drfiore.com