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Friday, January 27, 2012

Great Books to Teach Anti-Bullying!

Check out these great books and resources!

Nick Glass & Carin Bringelson, for Curriculum Connections--School Library Journal January 10, 2012 
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No Name-Calling Week (January 23-27, 2012) is an opportune time to discuss bullying with your students. Books and multimedia resources on the topic abound, offering avenues to explore in conversations.
Consider using the multimedia resources presented in this month's column in conjunction with a range of titles for children in kindergarten through grade 12.
Watch this original video of author James Howe as he discusses the power of words and his book The Misfits (S & S, 2001).
Howe's The Misfits, which inspired No Name-Calling Week, has two companion volumes: Totally Joe (2005) and Addie on the Inside (2011, both S & S).
Hear Sharon G. Flake share the inspiration behindThe Skin I'm In (Hyperion, 1998) in this "Meet-the-Author" book reading.
When exploring the resources for this John Steptoe New Talent Award winner, note the six-trait writing lesson from WritingFix.
Use this guide from the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario when introducing students to Trudy Ludwig's My Secret Bully (River Word, 2003) and Just Kidding (Tricycle, 2006).
This 86-page resource offers extensive lessons for grades three, four, and five related to more than a dozen books.

Listen to this excerpt from Laurie Halse Anderson'sSpeak (Farrar, 1999) and the author's reminiscence of her teen years.
Anderson's website offers a variety of resources to accompany this National Book Award-winning book.
Refer to this book guide for Kevin Henkes'sChrysanthemum (Greenwillow, 1991) when you introduce the topic of teasing with young students.
This study guide from the Anti-Defamation League includes suggestions for vocabulary, dramatic play, and extension activities.

Hear author Sherman Alexie accept the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Little, Brown, 2007).
In his acceptance speech, Alexie reflects on how many teens feel misunderstood. A transcript and an audio recording of the speech are available.
Play this dramatic audio excerpt of Robert Cormier'sThe Chocolate War for students who are reading this gut-wrenching novel (Pantheon, 1974) for the first time.
Numerous lesson plans are available for Cormier's book, which explores peer pressure and the abuse of power including this lesson from McDougal Littell.
This instructional plan from ReadWriteThink encourages students and teachers to explore diversity and acceptance.
Nick Glass and Carin Bringelson appreciate books that start meaningful conversations. Do you have a favorite title to introduce the topic of bullying? Let us know
This article originally appeared in School Library Journal's enewsletterCurriculum Connections. 

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