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Malorie Blackman Boys Dont Cry

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Chapters 1-20 Teenage Pregnancy


Having read chapters 1-20 of Boys Dont Cry, read the following article. The novelist Hilary Mantel has caused controversy by saying she might have had a child when she was 14 if society was more women friendly. Last week, the government admitted that in the past ten years, the number of teenage pregnancies had dropped by only 13% instead of the targeted 50%. Hilary Mantel suggested that having a baby in your teenage years is entirely natural. I was perfectly capable of setting up and running a home when I was 14, she said, and if, say, it had been ordered differently, I might have thought 'Now is the time to have a couple of children and when I am 30 I will go back and I'll get my PhD.' Having sex and having babies is what young women are about, and their instincts are suppressed in the interests of society's timetable. The Royal College of Midwives has since criticized Mantel: Having a baby is a life-changing experience and 14-year-olds have enough to cope with just being 14. The Department for Children, Schools and Families said: Teenage parents and their children are more likely to suffer health, emotional and economic problems than their peers. However, Jasmine Guinness agrees with Mantel. She described her mother, who was 17 when she was born, and her 19-year-old father as the most fun, amazing parents. She also remembers her mother's 21st birthday. These are the perks of being the child of an (admittedly very wealthy) teenager that the politicians have so far overlooked.
Abbreviated from: Edwards, Tim. Teen pregnancy perfectly natural, says Hilary Mantel. The Week, 1.3.2010. < http://goo.gl/JRra4 >.

What downsides of having a child in your teens are considered in the article and in BDC?

What are the positive aspects of being a young parent / having young parents considered in the article and in BDC?

Malorie Blackman Boys Dont Cry their laugh playing with them looking at them sleep feeding them holding them changing them

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What are the best things about babies? Rank these and share your rankings with your partner. watching them grow naming them

How does Dante react to Logan calling Emma ugly? (Ch 20, p. 111) Why is this an important moment for Dante? What does this make him realize about his feelings?

Write a good questions about teenage pregnancy in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers. Student 1 Question: Student 2 Student 3

Return to your original partner and share and talk about what you found out. Make minipresentations to other groups about your findings.

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