Event Title

Integrating Literacy and Literature within LGBTQ+-Based Curricula

Start Date

16-10-2020 1:00 PM

End Date

16-10-2020 1:50 PM

Document Type

Presentation

Description

I report how children’s and young adult non-fiction and fiction books (mis)represent lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, pansexual (hereafter, LGBTQ+) themes and people. I have published research on LGBTQ+ representations within books for elementary children as well as for high school students. I have also explored patterns of book challenges (challenges are registered complaints that have the intent to ban the books) by parents and citizens resistant to the inclusion of LGBTQ+ themes and people within literature in schools and local libraries. I use separate examples for high school and elementary by integrating literacy tasks and literature texts on, respectively, Matthew Shepard and families.

Speaker Information

John H. Bickford, PhD

Professor of Social Studies/History Education, Department of Teaching, Learning, and Foundations, Eastern Illinois University, SelectedWorks

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Integrating Literacy and Literature within LGBTQ+-Based Curricula

I report how children’s and young adult non-fiction and fiction books (mis)represent lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, pansexual (hereafter, LGBTQ+) themes and people. I have published research on LGBTQ+ representations within books for elementary children as well as for high school students. I have also explored patterns of book challenges (challenges are registered complaints that have the intent to ban the books) by parents and citizens resistant to the inclusion of LGBTQ+ themes and people within literature in schools and local libraries. I use separate examples for high school and elementary by integrating literacy tasks and literature texts on, respectively, Matthew Shepard and families.