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Preventing Bullying Behaviors
Bullying of students and its damage to victims are all-too familiar topics in the news. What are the causes and consequences of bullying? What can English teachers do to protect students and to prevent bullying? The July 2012 English Journal, "Preventing Bullying Behaviors," and these resources from NCTE and ReadWriteThink.org offer information and suggestions.

"As English teachers, we are in a unique position to use discourse as a way of helping students explore and understand bullying in all its forms and to shape their own values and attitudes toward it, even as they deepen their understanding of language effect and affect in the world," states the 2011 NCTE Resolution on Confronting Bullying and Harassment.

Listen in as author A.S. King and educator and bullying expert cj Bott talk about bullying, as Bott discusses fiction and nonfiction books for teens that explore the problem of bullying, and as King talks about her novel Everybody Sees the Ants. Find more book suggestions in this English Journal column.

"Moving toward Acceptance through Picture Books and Two-Voice Texts" shows the importance of connecting literature to students' lived experiences and provides an opportunity for students to learn about situations of intolerance and discuss ways to move to a more ideal world in which acceptance is the norm.

Joan Kaywell in "Teachers Offering Healthy Escape: Options for Teenagers in Pain" says "twenty-five percent of today's teenagers have inordinate emotional baggage beyond the normal angst of adolescence" and that this burden can lead to unhealthy escapes, including substance abuse, violence, and suicide. One healthy escape lies in books, where students can read about teenagers living in painful circumstances who make healthy choices.

The English Leadership Quarterly issue "The Deadly Power of Mean Words" provides resources to help answer these questions: "How can we best teach students about the power of words? What do we do when classroom talk becomes harmful? How do we stand up against negative language, and how do we teach that to students?"

"Stories of Us: Students and Film Director Collaborate the Problem of Bullying" shared how an anti-bullying film project can captivate students and also gives a glimpse of 21st century literacies in the classroom.  

 

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