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A Dutiful Boy (KS3)

by Mohsin Zaidi

WINNER of the Polari First Book Prize 2021
WINNER of the LAMBDA 2021 Literary Award for Best Gay Memoir/Biography

A Dutiful Boy by Mohsin Zaidi, is a personal journey from denial to acceptance: a revelatory memoir about the power of love, belonging, and living every part of your identity.

Growing up in a devout Muslim household, it felt impossible for Mohsin to be gay. Unable to be open with his family, and with difficult conditions at school, he felt his opportunities closing around him. Despite the odds, Mohsin's perseverance led him to become the first person from his school to attend Oxford University, where new experiences and encounters helped him to discover who he truly wanted to be. Mohsin was confronted with the biggest decision he would ever make: to live the life that was expected of him or to live as his authentic self.

Guardian, GQ, and New Statesman Book of the Year

‘A captivating, eloquent and genuinely inspiring memoir... Beautifully written, dignified and ultimately redemptive, this challenging story abounds with light and love’

Attitude Magazine

‘A remarkable memoir...an incredibly moving read. I had to put the book down several times to cry...it's a book that will save lives’

Sathnam Sanghera


Age: Key Stage 3

Subject: English Language & Literature

Non-fiction Text: A Dutiful Boy

Author: Mohsin Zaidi

These resource activity packs give KS3 students opportunities to engage with memoir, explore ideas around identity and belonging, and build their comprehension skills. There are activities for reading, speaking, analysis and comprehension.

The activities in the resource packs are designed to be used alongside the videos of Mohsin Zaidi reading the extracts of Chapter 10, Chapter 25 and the interview video which gives additional context about the book and the extracts themselves. There are also corresponding PDF text versions of the chapters for students to work from.

What's included in the resource packs?

Mohsin Zaidi extract readings and interview (YouTube videos, see below)

- Activities PowerPoint Chapter 10
- A Dutiful Boy Chapter 10 Text Extract pdf
- Lesson Plan Chapter 10
- Activities PowerPoint Chapter 25
- A Dutiful Boy Chapter 25 Text Extract pdf
- Lesson Plan Chapter 25

How to use the pack

- Review the resource Lesson Plans
- Go through the activities PowerPoints with students
- Watch the videos and use the pdf text versions of each chapter to support activities

Download resource pack

A Dutiful Boy - Chapter 10 resource pack


Download resource pack

A Dutiful Boy - Chapter 25 resource pack



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