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Curriculum and Instruction

University of Colorado, Boulder

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Making Space For Unsanctioned Texts: The Queer Sensibility Of Youth In The Construction Of High School Writing Assignments, Michael Wenk Jan 2015

Making Space For Unsanctioned Texts: The Queer Sensibility Of Youth In The Construction Of High School Writing Assignments, Michael Wenk

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Schools consistently prove to be unwelcoming environments for queer students. Queer issues and identities are often marginalized or even erased from curricula, putting queer youth at risk (Nieto, 2011). Utilizing a methodology known as student voice research, the principal investigator of this study formed a Curriculum Design Team where teachers and students collaborated in the construction of writing assignments that offer opportunities to explore queer issues and identities. The team capitalized on teacher expertise and empathy as well as the unique perspectives and experiences, or queer sensibility, of seven members of a high school Gay-Straight Alliance (G.S.A.). Participants ...