Words That Heal Using Children's Literature to Address Bullying
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Words That Heal Using Children's Literature to Address Bullying

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From the ADL- Anti Defamation League:

"Children’s literature can be an effective tool for addressing the growing concerns about physical, verbal and relational bullying in schools. Though bullying has been traditionally dismissed by some as “just a part of growing up,” most educators today understand that it is a pervasive problem with damaging effects on all members of the school community.
The use of literature to address bullying can benefit students of all ages by improving their ability to understand and cope with problems, helping them to develop personal and social judgment, and increasing social sensitivity, empathy, and respect for others.
This curriculum unit provides educators with background about bullying in U.S. schools, an extensive bibliography of selected children's books that deal with bullying, and strategies for selecting literature that is appropriate and effective for classroom use."

This resource is not designed for specifically Jewish audiences, so educators should adapt the materials as they deem fit for their community. This lesson can be used in conjunction with exploring the values of Friendship, Acting with Loving Kindness, Avoiding Hurtful Speech, and more.

Be Inspired:The ideas included are offered as starting points as you and your students explore, discover and live the lessons. Be sure to elicit and encourage student and parent participation, consistently reinforcing the value being addressed. Allow lessons to authentically develop and change based on engagement and interests.

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The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all." ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.