Answer Key: When your Teen wants to be a Drag Queen

Lesson Plan: When your Teen wants to be a  Drag Queen

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. enthusiasm  |inˈTH(y)o͞ozēˌazəmenˈTH(y)o͞ozēˌazəm| noun 1 intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval: her energy and enthusiasm for life | few expressed enthusiasm about the current leaders.
  2. drag |draɡ|  noun   clothing more conventionally worn by the opposite sex, especially women’s clothes worn by a man: a fashion show, complete with men in drag | [as modifier] : a live drag show.
  3. impromptu  |imˈpräm(p)ˌt(y)o͞o| adjective& adverb  done without being planned, organized, or rehearsed: [as adjective] : an impromptu press conference | [as adverb] : he spoke impromptu.
  4. viral  |ˈvīrəl| adjective -relating to or involving an image, video, piece of information, etc., that is circulated rapidly and widely from one Internet user to another: a viral video ad | the video went viral and was seen by millions.
  5. mentor  |ˈmenˌtôrˈmenˌtər| noun an experienced and trusted adviser: he was her friend and mentor until his death in 1915.
  6. mainstream noun    |ˈmānˌstrēm| the ideas, attitudes, or activities that are regarded as normal or conventional; the dominant trend in opinion, fashion, or the arts: companies that are bringing computers to the mainstream of American life.
  7. pageantry |ˈpajəntrē| noun elaborate display or ceremony.
  8. cancellation  |ˌkansəˈlāSH(ə)n| noun  the action of canceling something that has been arranged or planned: train services are subject to cancellation at short notice | the project was threatened with cancellation by the government | the cancellation of the performance.
  9. thriving |ˈθrʌɪvɪŋ| adjective  prosperous and growing; flourishing: the thriving business George has built up.
  10. niche |niCHnēSH|  noun (one’s niche) a comfortable or suitable position in life or employment: he is now a partner at a leading law firm and feels he has found his niche.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage


Desmond and his mother would still make it to DragCon.


Other moms are  soccer moms.

III-1-This is the first generation that was truly raised on Drag Race.

Who Said That? Identify The  Speakers

  1. Desmond Napoles, a 12-year-old drag star who performs as Desmond is Amazing : “I’m always fierce, fabulous and not playing video games…I’m being AH-MA-zing.”
  2. Ms. Napoles, Desmond’s mom: “Other moms are  soccer moms,”…They take their kids to practice, to games, they cheer for their kids. That’s how I see myself with drag.”
  3. Megan, mom of Keegan, a.k.a. Kween Keekee, a 9-year-old drag queen :  “Our goal has never been to make K famous… We allow Instagram to be a public account as we don’t feel we need to be pressured to hide our child, and because we think his story could help other kids.”
  4. Robin Johnson, a photographer, who founded Dragutante, an 18-and-under runway show in Denver:  “This is the first generation that was truly raised on ‘Drag Race.”
  5. Elizabeth Johnston, a vlogger who daily tackles the left on abortion, feminism, & gender insanity:  “…sees kids in drag not as ‘the future of America,’  as RuPaul has said of Desmond, but socially accepted child abuse.”
  6. Nina West, a queen who appeared on Drag Race and who has often performed for kids: “Drag is the larger than life representation of a character.”
  7. Laura Edwards-Leeper, a clinical psychologist in Oregon who works with queer and trans kids:  “It’s normal at basically any age for boys to dress up as princesses and girls in male superhero outfits.”