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Afterschool and Summer Reading with LGBTQ Content

 

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Afterschool and Summer Reading with LGBTQ Content

Grades 6 – 12
Activity Time 30 minutes (can be repeated multiple times)
Activity Author

Jena Borah

Jena Borah

Charleston, Illinois

 
Publisher National Council of Teachers of English
 

Activity Description

Why This Is Helpful

 

Activity Description

Whether or not your middle school reader identifies as LGBTQ, the social justice issues surrounding the characters in LGBTQ fiction will be motivating and generate opportunities for discussion and writing. This activity includes a list of age-appropriate books, a discussion-starter guide and ideas to extend beyond the books.

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Why This Is Helpful

Reading materials in schools often do not include LGBTQ characters and issues, leaving questions unanswered and concerns unaddressed. If your student is interested in this topic, he or she will be motivated to read. Adding the element of choice also contributes to motivation. Research shows that motivation sparks engagement, meaning the student will want to read and will develop higher order thinking skills in the process.

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