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Teens, Bodies, & Identities in Global Literature

FOCAL SKILLS AND DISPOSITIONS: Developing empathy; Textual analysis & interpretation; Analyzing point of view & purpose

DATE: November 2, December 7, 2017, January 11, February 7, March 15, 2018
TIME: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Atrium School, Watertown, MA
PDPs: 10
FEE: Partnership educators - no cost; Non-partnership educators - $150

Our teacher book group this year explores cross-cultural literature about teenagers and their complex relationships to their own bodies.  These new titles are notable for their humanity, courage, frankness, and sometimes for their humor. Topics to discuss through a multi-cultural lens include gender non-conformity, trans-gender youth, and LGBTQ identities; clothing, appearance, and body image; religious identity and the choice to wear hijab; and homophobia, violence, and the policing of young people’s bodies. Our sessions are co-facilitated by Primary Source educators with guest specialists and an author Skype visit. The book group is open to all educators; returning participants and new readers are fully welcome!

The book list includes:
Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
Does My Head Look Big in This by Randa Abdel-Fatah
Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
The End of Eddy by Édouard Louis
You Don’t Even Know Me: Stories and Poems about Boys by Sharon Flake
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin

Open to all K-12 educators.

The book group is presented with support from Mass Humanities.

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