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Cyberbullying: Taking Control Through Research-Based Letter Writingdents, Vicky Giouroukakis Ph.D., Maureen Connolly Jul 2012

Cyberbullying: Taking Control Through Research-Based Letter Writingdents, Vicky Giouroukakis Ph.D., Maureen Connolly

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According to a 2009 AP-MTV survey of 1,247 people ages 14–24, 50% of those surveyed have experienced cyberbullying (Gatti 1). Victims were twice as likely to need help from a mental health professional and were three times more likely to drop out of school than those surveyed who did not report being cyberbullied (5).Given this alarming social context and in light of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA/Literacy, we—Maureen (a high school English teacher) and Vicky (a teacher educa-tor)—decided to collaborate on a standards-based writing assignment that gives adolescent students strategies ...