Bully In The Book And In The Classroom

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Every one of us has experienced harassment in one form or another, either as a target, as a witness, or as the bully, and we all carry hidden bruises. This guide addresses the often invisible problem of bullying in the halls, offices, and classrooms of schools and will assist educators to know what to look for and what to do when they see a child being harassed. Forty four fiction books with bullying as the major theme are reviewed and discussed. They have been selected based on grade level with chapters ...

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Overview

Every one of us has experienced harassment in one form or another, either as a target, as a witness, or as the bully, and we all carry hidden bruises. This guide addresses the often invisible problem of bullying in the halls, offices, and classrooms of schools and will assist educators to know what to look for and what to do when they see a child being harassed. Forty four fiction books with bullying as the major theme are reviewed and discussed. They have been selected based on grade level with chapters organized in four sections: kindergarten through third grade, intermediate readers (grades 4-6), middle school readers, and more sophisticated titles for high school students. Each chapter begins with an introduction that describes the harassment most seen in each grade levels. For each title, there is an in-depth summary, activities, and quotes from the book for students to discuss. The final section provides resources for teachers, librarians, counselors, administrators, and parents. A necessary tool for teachers, staff, and educators, as well as parents.

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Editorial Reviews

Wisconsin Bookwatch
Superbly written and accessibly presented, The Bully In The Book And In The Classroom should be considered 'must' reading for anyone charged with the responsibility for keeping order and safety within their school populations.
School Library Journal
A former high school English teacher suggests that books may be the vehicle for engaging children and teenagers in a discussion about bullying. Chapter one, "The Bully, the Target, the Witnesses," defines the problem, but there is little new information or data about this topic that plagues classrooms on a daily basis. Chapter two discusses teacher behavior, with bulleted points about what to do and not to do when managing an anti-bullying program. The remainder of the book is dedicated to specific titles, arranged by grade-level groupings from kindergarten through grade 12. Each featured book has a summary, activities and discussion questions, and quotes for reader response. (It is unclear how the quotes are to be used.) Most of the questions are open-ended, and should encourage students to apply the books to their own lives. There is a list of additional titles, all published since 1990, for each grade level. In an effort to use more current titles, Botts has omitted old standards such as Judy Blume's Blubber (Random, 1976), Brock Cole's The Goats (Farrar, 1990), and Robert Lipsyte's One Fat Summer (Bantam, 1983). The final chapter includes an annotated bibliography of professional books such as Rosalind Wiseman's Queen Bees and Wannabes (Crown, 2002) and Web sites for additional information. This title isn't as comprehensive as it could be, and the idea of using books to broach a discussion about serious topics isn't new. Nevertheless, the volume may be useful as a beginning effort in dealing with this very real and pervasive problem.-Pat Scales, South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810850484
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

C.J. Bott is an educational consultant who taught high school English for 30 years in northeastern Ohio. She has piloted programs for African-American males, women students of all races, and gay and lesbian students, and was a recipient of the 2003 NCTE/SLATE Intellectual Freedom Award.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 List of Illustrations Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Acknowledgments Chapter 4 Introduction Chapter 5 Chapter 1: The Bully, The Target, The Witness Chapter 6 Chapter 2: What Teachers Can Do—Need to Do Chapter 7 Chapter 3: Starting Early to Build a Respectful Environment, Grades K-3 Chapter 8 Chapter 4: Bullying and Additional Forms of Harassment, Grades 4-6 Chapter 9 Chapter 5: Middle School, the Peak Years, Grades 7-8 Chapter 10 Chapter 6: Hazing, Bashing, and Sexual Harassment, Grades 9-12 Chapter 11 Chapter 7: Annotated Bibliography of Selected Resources Chapter 12 Index Chapter 13 About the Author

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