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What would you do?


What would you do?

What would you do?

You’ve seen the site for No Name Calling Week.  You’ve browsed some books that deal with bullying.  Now it’s time to take a stand.  What would you do if you walked up on this group of students?  What would you say?  Would you remain a not-so-innocent bystander, or will you become an ally?

In six–and only six–words (remember the six word memoirs?) describe your response to this scene.  Enter your response in the form below.  Click here to see how others have responded.


Original image: They’re warm now 
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  1. Fantastic! What a great idea to use problem solving for bullying and blogging together. I see you used googledocs. I still don’t really know how to use that program at all. I need to learn so much! Thanks

  2. I love this idea of picture and response using a Google doc. In our school, we do a book/strategy of the month. Our strategy this month was writing 6 word stories to focus on vocabulary and summaries. This would be a great extension activity of that strategy. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Kay,

    Absolutely love your “what-if” scenario and call for a 6 word response. You’ve struck upon a topic kids care about. I checked out your “Got bullies? Get Books” post. I also love “Speak” and “Same Kind of Different as Me.” Have you read N.E.R.D.S. by Michael Buckley? (I reviewed that at my blog.) I also blogged about the bullying issue and a book I read to the elementary students at our school (

    You asked about using book image covers in your blog. I use the images provided by Follett’s Titlewave ( but sometimes I also use Barnes & Noble. Amazon is OK but you get that annoying “Look Inside” thing attached to your image.

    I believe you can get a free account to use Follett Titlewave even if you don’t buy from them. I use it all the time to look at the book reviews, know the interest and reading levels, etc.

    Concerning the copyright issues surrounding the use of the book cover image, I called someone who is the designated authority for our school district in copyright matters. He said he thought that using the cover would be fine because by talking about the book and displaying the cover, you are likely to promote sales of the book.

    • Thanks for book suggestions and info on using book covers. I also asked the question of Teri Lessne, whose blog The Goddess of YA Lit I follow. She also suggested Titlewave as a source for cover images. She had contacted publishers as well. They did not mind the use of cover images and just asked that the post include the publisher.
      I will look and see if our library has NERDS.

  4. Great use of an image and the six word response. Have you used this with students yet. How did they like this activity? This will trigger many valuable discussions on an bullying – always an issue for the young.

    • The students enjoyed it when I showed it to them on the large screen. We had some brief discussions on it, and a few went back to leave comments on their own. Now that I know how to do it, I plan to incorporate it into more lessons and blog posts.

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