Answer Key: Transgender Children


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I. Pre-reading Task

 Stimulate background knowledge by brainstorming to build a list of all of the terms you and your group can think of connected to the term “transgender”.

Possible words: gender, gender identity, transexual, homosexual, genetic, transfer, lesbian, gay,  male, female, confusion, heterosexual, bisexual.

II. While Reading Tasks

Vocabulary Inference

  1. impediment  noun a hindrance or obstruction in doing something : a serious impediment to scientific progress.
  2.  hindered  [hinder] verb [ trans. ]create difficulties for (someone or something), resulting in delay or obstruction : various family stalemates were hindering communication.
  3. emphatically adverb in a forceful way.
  4. maintained 3 [ reporting verb ] state something strongly to be the case; assert : [ trans. ] he has always maintained his innocence | [with clause ] he had persistently maintained that he would not stand against his old friend .
  5. reckless adjective (of a person or their actions) without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action : reckless driving.
  6. gender noun 2 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 adj. ] gender roles.
  7. odyssey noun ( pl. -seys) a long and eventful or adventurous journey figurative : his odyssey from military man to politician.
  8. isolating   verb [ trans. ] cause (a person or place) to be or remain alone or apart from others : a country that is isolated from the rest of the world.
  9. transgender adjective identified with a gender other than the biological one : a transgender activist and author.
  10. stigma noun  a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person : the stigma of mental disorder | to be a nonreader carries a social stigma.
  11. robust adjective ( -buster, -bustest) (of a person, animal, or plant) strong and healthy; vigorous : the Caplans are a robust, healthy lot.
  12. intersex  nounthe abnormal condition of being intermediate between male and female; hermaphroditism.• an individual in this condition; a hermaphrodite.
  13. malformation  noun a deformity; an abnormally formed part of the body.
  14. psychological   adjective of, affecting, or arising in the mind; related to the mental and emotional state of a person : the victim had sustained physical and psychological damage.
  15. physiological   noun the branch of biology that deals with the normal functions of living organisms and their parts. • the way in which a living organism or bodily part functions : the physiology of the brain.
  16. lax adjective not sufficiently strict or severe : lax security arrangements at the airport | he’d been a bit lax about discipline in school lately. See note at lenient .
  17. gay adjective(of a person, esp. a man) homosexual : that friend of yours, is he gay?
  18. lesbian noun- a homosexual woman.
  19. bisexual adjective -sexually attracted to both men and women. Biology having characteristics of both sexes.

 Reading for Comprehension-True / False

  1. F- Thomas Lobel is a boy.
  2. T- The toddler pointed to himself and signed, “I am a girl.”
  3.  T-Thomas, now 11goes by the name of Tammy, wears dresses to school and lives as a girl.
  4.  F-Her parents have been accused by family, friends and others of being reckless,
  5. T-   Transgender children experience a disconnect between their sex, which is anatomy, and their gender, which includes behaviors, roles and activities.
  6. False. The gender issue exists in the brain, though whether it’s psychological or physiological is debated by experts.
  7. False. One of the most recognizable transgender celebrities is Chaz Bono,
  8. F- Eli Coleman,…chaired a committee to update treatment guidelines for the World Professional Association for Transgender Health…
  9. F- The American Psychological Association warns that  “It is not helpful to force the child to act in a more gender-conforming way.
  10. F- No one knows whether a child’s gender dysphoria will continue forever or if it is temporary.

III. Post Reading Tasks

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

 From your vocabulary practice you already know the meanings for the words, transgender gay, lesbian, and bisexual.  Can you explain the difference between, transexual, and homosexual ?

transexual noun a person born with the physical characteristics of one sex who emotionally and psychologically feels that they belong to the opposite sex. 2-a person who has undergone surgery and hormone treatment in order to acquire the physical characteristics of the opposite sex.

homosexual adjective (of a person) sexually attracted to people of one’s own sex.


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