PC Language: a ‘change’ and ‘diversity’ topic

PC (or ‘politically correct’) language is a topic in English Language A Level that rather nicely illustrates how artificial it is to separate ideas into topics like ‘change’ and ‘diversity’. But, of course, we have to draw lines for the purposes of curriculum organisation. What this actually means for you as a student (or a… More PC Language: a ‘change’ and ‘diversity’ topic

YA Review: Hideous Beauty by William Hussey

genre(s): contemporary representation notes: LGBT (m/m) read it for: a great combination of a well-written gay romance and a thriller/mystery, bundled with realistic and easy-to-relate-to explorations of YA relationships with friends and family Dylan is forced to come out after his secret relationship with Ellis is exposed on social media, but to his surprise, everyone is… More YA Review: Hideous Beauty by William Hussey

YA Book Feature: The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas (review plus teaching resources)

Age Range: 12+ (according to publisher’s website; I would happily use this throughout the secondary school – plenty to engage older teens, nothing ‘unsuitable’ for yr7/8, although they will be less interested in the romance aspects) Themes: family, friends, being different, romance Narrative style and genre: Strong first-person narration plants you firmly in Grace’s world and… More YA Book Feature: The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas (review plus teaching resources)

YA Anthology feature: Proud, compiled by Juno Dawson (review and link to teaching resources)

Proud is Stripes Book’s third YA anthology and the second to consciously focus on a representation gap in the YA market. Like last year’s A Change is Gonna Come, this book is a triumph and strongly recommended as an addition to classroom and library shelves. The genius of boosting representation by anthology is in the implicit… More YA Anthology feature: Proud, compiled by Juno Dawson (review and link to teaching resources)

YA Book Feature: A Change Is Gonna Come Anthology (review plus teaching resources)

I have added to and adapted this slightly since its original run. There is more here for A Level Language in particular. Age range: YA (12+) Themes: as this is an anthology, these are really varied, but include: love, sexuality, racism, islamophobia, bereavement, refugees, OCD, friendship, punishment, fantasy, time travel, fairness, identity. Narrative style and genre:… More YA Book Feature: A Change Is Gonna Come Anthology (review plus teaching resources)

Problematic texts and reader-writer-text relationships

This is a post I’ve wanted – and hesitated – to write for some time. Like many readers (and writers), I worry about representation, about #ownvoices, about the balance between books showing diversity and getting that diversity right. Clearly, there’s a world of difference between wanting to reflect the world around you with a diverse… More Problematic texts and reader-writer-text relationships