Study Guide for
Don’t Feed the
Write on the
board, "Don’t Feed the Bully". Brainstorm: What are the ways
What do they get out of bullying others? Ask for definitions of
what “feeding the bully” might mean?
Before reading the
Write these names
on the board: Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, Nate the Great,
Ellery Queen, Encyclopedia Brown. (Add any favorite
literary detectives of your own.) Ask students, "Who are
Talk about what makes a great detective and a great
1. What kind of education
does a great detective need?
2. What part does
integrity play in a detective’s life?
3. Are good and bad
4. Can someone with bad
traits also be good?
Classroom discussion after
1. How can you lessen the
impact of intimidation in your own life?
2. When is it time to
3. Can you see bullying
all around you?
your students to notice situations outside of school where
they see people bullying. Give examples like,
bad treatment of store clerks.)
Classroom questions during book
1. Is a cage an
appropriate response for perceived bullies?
2. How is William B.
Travis different from your school?
3. Handy describes the playground
as animals from The
What animals are you?
4. Who are the
1. How important are your
perceptions of people?
2. Why is Handy harder to
bully than other kids are?
3. Ralphie talks about
being pressured to bully. How far do you go to
What is a friend?
What was the greatest factor in Ralphie’s decision to
4. What do you think of Handy’s
decision of not letting Kayla and Ralphie help in his
1. How does perception of
power affect those bullying and those being
2. Who was the real
3. How does your
perception of people change as you get to know
4. What character from Don’t Feed the
Bully are you most like? (Perhaps you could
have them tell what characteristics
they see in others.)
5. What role can
technology play in detective work? Sherlock Holmes vs.
6. Compare the awareness
of the teachers and staff at William B. Travis to your
1. Who has the most control over the
effect bullying has on you?
2. What would happen if
everyone around came to the aid of someone being bullied,
friend or not?
3. How do you stop
bullying from being cool?
4. Is there a difference
between intimidation and joking around?
Language of the
Feed the Bully is a humorous version of a “Hard
Boiled” detective novel, and was heavily influenced by the
work of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Donald Sobol, and
many others. The
style uses simile, metaphor, and analogy to mold the narrative
to incredible descriptive heights. In Don’t Feed the
Bully I used them at parody level proportions
for comedic effect and to give teachers a way to discuss not
only the concepts of simile, metaphor, and analogy, but to use
many specific examples from the book to broaden the students knowledge
on a wide range of subjects. How many do they
Research the ones no one knows.
write their own mystery story using metaphor, simile, and
analogy to enhance their descriptions. How funny, crazy, or
serious and on target can they be without losing the story for
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