I explain to my students that they have read and discussed two Scholastic News articles on bullying - "Don't Just Stand By" and "A New Kind of Bullying." They will now write a 5 paragraph paper explaining what bullying is and what can be done to stop it. They will use details and examples from both texts in their informative essay. I chose this assignment because I want my students to be educated and feel empowered about stopping and preventing bullying. Many of my students know students who have been bullied and a few of them have been bullied themselves. I constantly emphasize to them that it is not anyone's right to come to school to intimidate or make other students feel uncomfortable or scared. I also remind them to be sure to remember to use standard English conventions. I show them the writing rubric which will be used to score their writings and analyze the overall effectiveness of the writing assignment.