He Continues to Make a Difference: Commemorating the Life of Matthew Shepard
An LGBT-inclusive Classroom Resource for High School ELA and Social Studies
Why Matthew's Story Still Matters: A Message from Author Lesléa Newman
Snapshot of the experiences of LGBT students in school
Research-based interventions to improve school climate
Guidance for developing LGBT-inclusive curriculum
The official OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD Teacher Guide
High School ELA/Social Studies Lesson: WITNESSING HISTORY with accompanying student handouts
Witnessing History Lesson
Included in He Continues to Make a Difference is a new lesson in which students use text-text and text-self strategies to learn about Matthew Shepard and other key figures in LGBT history. Utilizing poetry, oral history clips and other sources, students explore key concepts, engage in small group discussion and produce a work of creative writing.
The two-part lesson aligns with Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts (Reading informational texts, Reading literature, Writing).
Try it out in your class to ensure LGBT students see themselves reflected in the curriculum and to give all students the opportunity to learn more about LGBT people and history.
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