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ERIC Number: EJ1001162
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Using "Warriors Don't Cry" in a Capstone Project to Combat Bullying
Korneliussen, Kristin
English Journal, v101 n6 p44-49 Jul 2012
"Two, four, six, eight, we ain't gonna integrate!" the author's eighth-grade students shouted with gusto. They were reading "Warriors Don't Cry," Melba Patillo Beals's memoir about her experiences as one of the nine African American students who integrated Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Each time those hateful words uttered by segregationists appeared in the text--which they did frequently--students would cry out in unison. Not because they condoned such a concept, but rather because they were outraged. That outrage at the cruelty inflicted on the Little Rock Nine justified the author's choice of using this text as part of their interdisciplinary anti-bullying campaign. In this article, the author and her team share the experiences of the Little Rock Nine to motivate students to rethink their own bullying behaviors. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; Tennessee