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ERIC Number: EJ1001163
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Beyond Bullying: Pairing Classics and Media Literacy
Johnson, Angela Beumer; Augustus, Linda; Agiro, Christa Preston
English Journal, v101 n6 p56-63 Jul 2012
Bullying remains a wretched, pervasive problem in the society, especially for teenagers. Bullying is commonly defined as negative acts that occur repeatedly and involve an imbalance of power (Olweus 413); since this widely accepted definition excludes one-time acts of cruelty, the authors prefer to use the word "conflict" in their conversations about bullying with students. Their unit integrates the teaching of media literacy, classic texts, and the topic of conflict or bullying. "Othello" in particular poses striking parallels to contemporary conflict or bullying. By integrating the study of "Othello" and media literacy, students can critically evaluate the ramifications of failing to talk back to texts and envision other actions and reactions. (Contains 2 figures and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A