chapter  9
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Reframing Reading Youth Writing

ByMichael Hoechsmann, Naomi Lightman

Few people in this world realize just how powerful the words we use can be. The pen is mightier than the sword, yet few of us speak our minds . . . Next time someone goes on a rant about “those damn gays,” consider standing up for those who aren’t there to stand up for themselves . . . One thing is certain: By not standing up to be counted, you could be part of that volatile concoction that begins to destroy those around you. And when the flames begin to lick at your own feet, there might not be anyone left to lift you out of the fire.