My students had to write a compare/contrast essay using African American civil rights and a different civil right movement of their choosing.
This student chose LGBT rights. Read the second paragraph. More specifically the line that says…”They can prevent themselves from becoming gay/lesbian”. This is later compared to how African Americans cannot prevent being born black.
How would you address this? The student is a 7th grader. Being a student teacher, I am going to present this to my cooperating teacher before I write anything or respond to the student. I feel like I need to be careful how I proceed with this.
So tumblr Ed community… What would you do if this happened in your classroom?
I might take half a class period or less and address it to the whole class. Talk about what they think. Maybe do a fact/myth game with them.