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ERIC Number: EJ832264
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Fight for Your Right: Censorship, Selection, and LGBTQ Literature
Curwood, Jen Scott; Schliesman, Megan; Horning, Kathleen T.
English Journal, v98 n4 p37-43 Mar 2009
In this article, three authors collaborate in a powerful defense of teaching LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) literature for the good of all students. Curwood, one of three authors, discusses how one of the key ways that schools condone homophobia is by failing to include LGBTQ literature in the curriculum. Schliesman discusses that barriers to teaching LGBTQ literature in the classroom may be internal, with a teacher's response to the topic and books, and external, extending to circles of influence that are both real and perceived. She writes that navigating these barriers requires honesty, courage, and fortitude. She contends that knowing what teacher's district policy states puts them in a much stronger position for defending their choices. Lastly, Horning provides a list of recommended LGBTQ young adult novels for middle school and high school classrooms. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A