LGBTQ Text Set A text set for elementary schoolers - 2nd grade

Rationale: LGBTQ issues are increasingly prevalent in today's society. It is important for kids to be aware of these issues at a young age. This way they become more accepting of all types of people and families. It is helpful to use this text set in the classroom not only to change society's perception of the LGBTQ community, but also to address issues that may be occurring in your classroom. For example, if a child has LGBTQ parents, or if they are LGBTQ, including stories in the curriculum that include people of the LGBTQ community would be comforting to these students, it would make being LGBTQ more of a "normal" thing, and it would help other students empathize with those in the LGBTQ community and help them be more accepting.

https://www.amazon.com/Morris-Micklewhite-Tangerine-Christine-Baldacchino/dp/1554983479

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

Written by Christine Baldacchino; illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Groundwood Books ISBN#:9781554983476 # of pages: 28

Morris Mickelwhite is a young boy in grade school who loves to wear the tangerine dress from the dress-up clothes supply. He wears it everywhere, and some kids make fun of him for it, saying that boys dont wear dresses. He kindly tells them that he does, and learns to ignore their judgements and love himself.

https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/12/17/morris-micklewhite-and-the-tangerine-dress/

Teaching Points:

Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension can all be addressed using this book.

This book can address reading, writing, and viewing. Students can read the book, view the pictures, and write a summary of it.

RL.2.3 – Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

Students will be able to summarize the chain of events that occurred in Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress.

This book addresses the above standard and objective because of its storyline. Morris is faced with a problem: he is being made fun of for wearing the tangerine dress all the time. Students can summarize how Morris handled this problem.

Here is a short trailer previewing the book:

Worm Loves Worm

Written by: T.J Austrian; Illustrated by: Mike Curato; Genre: Picture Book; Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers ISBN#:9780062386335 # of pages: 24

A story about two worms who want to be married. Each time they ask if they can be married yet, another bug comes up to them saying they need “brides bees” or flowers or food. Towards the end, they are told they need a dress and a tux. They both wear a part of the dress and a part of the tux. They tell the other bugs that they are changing the way things always were.

Teaching Points:

Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, and Comprehension can all be addressed using this book.

RL.2.6 – Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.

Students will read the story through role play - each student will be assigned a part and encouraged to read in a different voice to emphasize the different points of views.

This book has many different characters. It uses word play, humor, and could easily be integrated into a science lesson on bugs. The different bugs can be separated into different parts for the students. The expression of their voices will encourage comprehension and require fluency when reading.

This button will take you to the illustrator's web page which contains many resources to use when using this book. This includes coloring pages, links to blogs with his personal thoughts when creating the book, and much more.

Heather has two Mommies

Written by: Leslea Newman; Illustrated by: Laura Cornell; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Candlewick Press ISBN#:9780763690427 # of pages: 28

A little girl who’s favorite number is two goes to school and realizes that not everyone has two mommies. She learns that her family is different than her classmates', but that's okay. Because different is special.

Teaching Points:

Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, and Comprehension can all be addressed using this book.

RL.2.2 –Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

Students will recall the main events in the story Heather Has Two Mommies, and identify the main lesson the story teaches.

Writing can be addressed with this story book through the use of a summary page or a collection of questions and written answers.

This book addresses the standard because it contains the central message/lesson/moral that not everyone's family is the same. It can be summarized by second graders and they can recall and easily see this moral in the story.

Below is a video of a read-aloud of the story book!

Molly's Family - Fiction

Written by: Nancy Garden; Illustrated by: Sharon Wooding; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux ISBN#:9780374350024 # of Pages: 30

Molly was very excited for family night at her school. The whole class drew pictures of their families and hung them on the wall. But when another student tells Molly that since she has two moms, she doesn't have a real family, Molly is confused and becomes ashamed. This story tells how a young girl overcomes these stereotypes, and how she learns that families can be different and are still very special!

Teaching Points:

Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, and Comprehension can all be addressed using this book.

RL.2.1 – Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

Students will be able to break down the story into the who, what, where, when, why, and how.

Students can demonstrate visually representing plus critical thinking by drawing the who, what, where, when, why, and how of the story. They will think critically about how to illustrate events in the story, and visually represent their ideas.

The button below will take you to the author's web page, and contains more information about the author!

King & King - Picture Book

Written and Illustrated by: Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland; Genre: Picture Book; Publisher: Random House Children's Books; ISBN#:9781582460611; # of Pages: 32

A story about a prince who is told he needs to find a spouse. He looks at all the princesses in the land and none of them strike his fancy. Instead, he falls in love with another prince who was accompanying a prospective princess, and they get married and live happily ever after.

Teaching Points:

Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension can all be addressed using this book.

RL.2.5 – Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

Students will be able to summarize the plot line of the story King & King.

Students will demonstrate the writing area of language arts by writing a summary of the plot line of the story.

This book will support the objectives and standards above because it has a plot line that is identifiable and meaningful.

I am Jazz

This is a true story about a young transgender girl. It addresses what transgender means, and why some people are transgender and some are not. It explains the transition from gender to gender in a way that children can easily understand.

Written by: Jessica Hershel and Jazz Jennings; Illustrated by: Shelagh McNicholas; Genre: NonFiction; Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group; ISBN#:9780803741072; # of Pages: 23

Teaching Points:

Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension can all be addressed using this book.

RL.2.7 – Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

Students will analyze an illustration in the storybook to determine the purpose of it in the story.

Students can demonstrate viewing through this activity because they are viewing and analyzing the pictures in the book.

This book supports the above objectives and standards because it is a nonfiction book and the images throughout the book are meaningful to the story.

The transgender girl who this story is about now has a TLC tv show. The link to the show's website is in the button below!

Families, Families, Families!

This storybook lists out many different types of families. Along with each family type, it has a silly family portrait of animals! This text highlights nearly every type of family and helps address the fact that not all families are the same.

Written and Illustrated by: Suzanne Lang and Max Lang; Genre: Picture Book; Publisher: Random House Children's Books; ISBN#:9780553499384; # of Pages: 26

Teaching Points:

Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, and Comprehension can all be addressed using this book.

RL.2.4 – Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

Students will be able to recognize the rhythm of the speech throughout the story and verbalize it.

Students will demonstrate speaking the text and in doing so, they will demonstrate that they can see and hear the rhythm of the text.

This text supports the objectives and standard above because it is written rhythmically using shorter sentences and similar sentence structures.

Below you will find a video of a read-aloud of this story book!

1, 2, 3! A Family Counting Book

This book goes through counting to twenty. It would be a lower level book for second graders, but it highlights LGBT families throughout the book and is very politically accurate.

Written by: Bobbie Combs; Illustrated by: Danamarie Hosler; Genre: NonFiction; Publisher: Two Lives Publishing; ISBN#:9780967446806; # of Pages: 30

Teaching Points:

RL.2.4 – Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

Students will be able to recognize the rhythm of the words in this book.

Students can demonstrate the listening area of language arts by listening for the rhythm of the words in the book. They can listen for similar words, or sentence structures.

This text supports the objective and the standard because it has rhythm and it is a simpler book for students to understand and interpret. They can comprehend the book as well as listen for the rhythm of the words!

Whoever You Are

This is a book about accepting differences! It focuses a lot on different cultures, but it has a relevant theme of tolerance and acceptance to the LGBTQ community. It touches on the fact that although people may look different and take part in different activities and cultural traditions, we are all the same on the inside.

Written by: Mem Fox; Illustrated by: Leslie Staub; Genre: NonFiction; Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; ISBN#:9780152060305; # of Pages: 32

Below you will find a read-aloud of this book!

Teaching Points:

Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, and Comprehension can all be addressed using this book.

RL.2.2 – Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

Students will be able to identify the main lesson of this book.

Students will demonstrate listening skills when hearing this book read aloud. They will listen for the main lesson and be able to recall the main lesson when asked.

This book supports the above statements because it contains a strong moral and lesson: everyone is the same on the inside. It teaches equality and the importance of treating others equally!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnTSSbS7Dgk

This video is an informative lesson for kids about what LGBT means. It goes over the acronym, and what an acronym is. It is actually part of a series of videos. This video goes over the meaning behind the acronym, and the different variations of the acronym. It also goes over the importance of the acronym and the importance of learning about it!

Published by QueerKidStuff.com. More resources are available at this website as well! The button below will take you to a page that tells a little more about the website and its purpose, as well as a little bit about the creator of the site!

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