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Alphabiography Project: Totally You
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Two 50-minute sessions|
- Published Comments
February 23, 2016
I think the "Totally James" suggestion is very appropriate. Do you think that there aren't middle schoolers who aren't going through those same issues at this moment? Middle School is such an important time in a kid's life because we are really figuring out identity and how that identity is socially perceived. I'm sure there are some gay kids in classrooms, whether they are "out" or not. By saying that homosexuality isn't appropriate in middle schools, you are sending these kids a message and that message is not about acceptance of who they are or in any way tell them that those who bully them for being different are wrong. I would teach this in my classroom any day so that my students understand that we shouldn't shove people into the "closet" if they are different.
October 05, 2014
I agree with Becky. I was rather shocked to read the "totally James" article, and don't find it to be appropriate for the classroom either.
August 12, 2014
Here are some other memoirs that have a strong voice: Elie Wieselís <i>Night</i>, Walter Dean Myersí <i>Bad Boy</i>, Mildred Taylorís <i>Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry</i>, Sandra Cisnerosí <i>The House on Mango Street</i>, Cynthia Rylantís <i>When I Was Young in the Mountains</i> and <i>When the Relatives Came</i>, and Maya Angelouís <i>I Know Why a Caged Bird Sings</i>.
August 08, 2014
I do not think the topic of homosexuality is appropriate for a middle school com arts classroom. I would prefer a different reference and will have to find an alternative source to relate to this lesson. Maybe a compromise for you would be to find and offer that alternative.
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