Making Space for Unsanctioned Texts: Teachers and Students Collaborate to Trans*form Writing Assignments

  • Michael Wenk
Part of the Queer Studies and Education book series (QSTED)


Wenk describes how a team of two high school teachers and seven students collaboratively constructed writing assignments that promoted visibility, critique, and affirmation of discourses that affect queer youth. Student participants advocated for choice when writing is assigned, so that youth have options to explore queer issues and identities. Student participants also suggested that choice must be accompanied by teacher modeling, which communicates to students that exploring gender is safe. Unsanctioned texts, such as blogs, films, and queer YA literature, were positioned as the best way to inspire written work addressing queer discourses. Involving students in designing curricula is rare, but this chapter demonstrates how it makes eminent sense.


Queer Issues Student Participants Curriculum Design Team Queer Students Queer Identity 
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  • Michael Wenk
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  1. 1.Dunstan Middle SchoolLakewoodUSA

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