Answer Key: Helping Transgender Children

Lesson Plan:  Helping Pediatrics Dispel Myths About Gender Identity

II. While Reading Activities: Word Inference

  1. gender  |ˈjendər| noun-the state of being male or female (typically used with reference to social and cultural differences rather than biological ones): traditional concepts of gender | [as modifier] : gender roles.
  2. dispel |dəˈspel| verb (dispels, dispelling, dispelled) [with object] make (a doubt, feeling, or belief) disappear: the brightness of the day did nothing to dispel Elaine’s dejection.
  3. query |ˈkwirē|  noun (plural queries)  a question, especially one addressed to an official or organization: a spokeswoman said queries could not be answered until Monday.
  4. pediatrician |ˌpēdēəˈtriSHən| (British paediatrician) noun- a medical practitioner specializing in children and their diseases.
  5. nonjudgmental |ˌnänjəjˈmen(t)l| (also nonjudgemental) adjective not judgmental; avoiding moral judgments.
  6. goal |ɡōl| noun-the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result: going to law school has become the most important goal in his life.
  7. abnormal |abˈnôrməl| adjective- deviating from what is normal or usual, typically in a way that is undesirable or worrying: the illness is recognizable from the patient’s abnormal behavior.
  8. bully verb (bullies, bullying, bullied) [with object] use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants: a local man was bullied into helping them.
  9. endanger |inˈdānjərenˈdānjər| |inˈdānjərenˈdānjər| verb [with object] put (someone or something) at risk or in danger: he was driving in a manner likely to endanger life.
  10. transgender transˈjendərtranzˈjendər| (also transgendered) adjective– denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Reading Comprehension: Fill-ins

The biggest reason for doing a lot of this work is to try and prevent some of the traditional horrible outcomes that transgender or gender-nonconforming youth have ended up with,” Dr. Steever said. “We know that many of these people, if unsupported, have grown up and dealt with depression, suicidal ideation and attempts, substance use and abuse.

Grammar Focus: Word -Recognition

Growing up gender-diverse means children and adolescents are much more likely to be bullied and excluded, and they are at high risk for depression, suicidal thoughts and suicide. “The statistics are pretty stark,” Dr. Breuner said, “triple the rate of suicide, five times the risk of suicidal ideation, bullying, teasing, abuse. It’s just horrific.”