About this resource
‘Shifting’ is a graphic novel telling the story of two young Gypsy/Travellers’ experiences of discrimination. The story introduces Joe and Tillie and describes their experiences of bullying behaviour in several different schools. The graphic novel will be distributed free to schools throughout Scotland with the aim of generating dialogue about discriminatory behaviour, recognising difference and taking positive action. A range of activities accompany the resource exploring the various themes arising in the story. It has been written and illustrated by Metaphrog, a graphic novel duo.
THE STORY HAS A UNIQUE TWIST— IT IS UNFINISHED!
how to use the resource
Read the story initially as a class to allow you to manage the different responses from class members. It will be important to ensure that any class members who have previous experiences of bullying behaviours or those who are from Gypsy/Traveller communities do not feel uncomfortable.
The story stops abruptly at a critical point after the main characters have experienced a series of bullying behaviours. Divide your class into small groups and support them to reflect on why the events in the story are unacceptable. Encourage each group to participate in changing this story. Explain that by creating new narratives we are sending out a message that this kind of bullying behaviour should never be tolerated.
Introduce the graphic novel genre by asking what pupils already know and allowing them to research different formats. Download the template grids below to help pupils to think about the structure or use a digital comic maker apps.
Please encourage groups to enter the national competition to complete the story. Send your pupils’ story endings to STEP firstname.lastname@example.org by the 30th April 2022. We will select five endings to be illustrated by Metaphrog. These stories will be published and distributed to all schools in Scotland.
QUESTIONS TO BEGIN DISCUSSIONS WITH LEARNERS
RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS
PLEASE CONTACT STEP@ED.AC.UK TO REQUEST YOUR FREE PRINTED COPIES OF SHIFTING.