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Beyond This or That: Challenging the Limits of Binary Language in Elementary Education Through Poetry, Word Art, and Creative Bookmaking

  • benjamin lee hicks
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Part of the Queer Studies and Education book series (QSTED)

Abstract

When first language lessons are taught from a perspective of hard edges, sharp corners, and absolute rules, students simultaneously ingest the message that there are distinct limits around what they themselves can do and be and become. With detailed lesson plans for diverse primary/junior classrooms, hicks encourages teachers to positively disrupt these constructs in beauty-full ways. By weaving activities of free-form poetry, word art, and creative book construction into the practical discussion of co-constructing a sustainable, loving, classroom community, hicks addresses the latent potential that elementary education has to become a safe, affirming, and celebratory place for every student’s complex story of self.

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Lesson Plan Class Member Classroom Community Activity Description Colored Paper 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • benjamin lee hicks
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  1. 1.Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of TorontoTorontoCanada

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