This packet has 74 writing prompts to engage students in exploring gender identity and gender expression. Every page has a wildlife photo and a prompt that compels students to reflect on the issues that they are faced with in real life: what does it mean to be a boy or a girl, to like members of the opposite sex or the same sex, to be curious or confused about what it means to be a male or female, to keep a secret out of fear or to speak boldly to family and friends. Each prompt stems from a wildlife photo that I took: insects, birds, reptiles, trees, flowers, clouds, rabbits, logs, twigs, trails, cacti, fish, spiders, forests, trails, and more.
Here are several of the prompts:
“Does a flower care if an insect is male or female? Does it matter to you whether a friend is a boy or girl?”
“What does it mean to be transgender?”
“I am not a boy. I am not a girl. I am…”
“I know that we look alike, but I am unique. I am special. I am me. Get to know me, spend time with me, and you will see. Don’t categorize me.”
“What if you could decide for yourself where you would go, what you would do, and who would be there to hold your hand?”
Included is a glossary defining common LGBT terms: asexual, ally, biphobia, bisexual, cisgender, coming out, gay, gender expression, gender identity, genderqueer, heterosexual, homophobia, homosexual, intersex, in the closet, lesbian, queer, questioning, pansexual, sexual orientation, transgender, transphobia, and transsexual.