Reading for Their Life (Re)Building the Textual Lineages of African American Adolescent Males

ISBN-10: 0325026793
ISBN-13: 9780325026794
Edition: 2009
Authors: Alfred W. Tatum
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Description: ldquo;Because African American adolescent males are unique and face their own challenges, they mustidentify texts that mark their times and their lives. If we create opportunities for this to happen , they will not only begin to trust the texts,  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.38
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 8/17/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

ldquo;Because African American adolescent males are unique and face their own challenges, they mustidentify texts that mark their times and their lives. If we create opportunities for this to happen , they will not only begin to trust the texts, they will begin to trust us, too. Then maybe, we'll hear one of them say, lsquo; Education is on our side,'or, lsquo;I used to keep it gutter, but now I am all good.' This is my hope.rdquo; - Alfred Tatum No reading strategy, no literacy program, no remediation will close the achievement gap for adolescent African American males. These efforts will continue to fail our students, says Alfred Tatum, until reading instruction is anchored in meaningful texts that build academic and personal resiliency inside and outside school. In Reading for Their Life Tatum takes a bold step beyond Teaching Reading to Black Adolescent Males. He shows how teachers can encourage adolescent African American males to connect with reading by defining who they are through textual lineages- texts with significance, carefully chosen for instruction because they are usefulto young black males and because they matter. With works ranging from Up from Slavery and Sounder to the contemporary Handbook for Boys, Tatum helps you:

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Urgent Need to Build Textual Lineages
African American Adolescent Males
Poverty Default
Relying on Schools
Exiled in America
Racial Isolation and Social Dislocation
African American Males Born in the 1990s
Music Hath More Than Charms to Soothe
A Generational Shift
The Bridge of Opportunities
Shaping Literacy as a Collaborative Act
Shaping Collaborative Environments
Wearing Books Out Together
Brother and Sister Authors
Penetrating Texts
An Institute Planned as a Literacy Collaborative
Productive Starting Points
Vital Signs of Literacy Development
Parental Involvement or Lack Thereof
Oversimplification and Underestimation
Squeezing Teaching and Texts
Productive Starting Points
Enabling Texts
Characteristics and Examples of Enabling Texts
An Historical Look at Enabling Texts
Parallel Texts for Today
Fear of and Resistance to Using Enabling Texts
A False Dichotomy
Moving Beyond Disabling Texts
Enabling Texts in the Mid-Twentieth Century
A Quick Look at Textual Lineages
The Severing of Texts
Productive Starting Points for Strengthening Our Educational Ideology
Choosing, Creating, and Mediating Enabling Texts
Avoiding Caricatures
Establishing Platforms for Literacy Development
Reconciling Differences
Mediating Texts Across Culture and Gender
Productive Starting Points
Poetic Broadsides
In Search of Poetic Broadsides
Using Poetic Broadsides to Activate the Writer's Minds
Poetry and Humanity
Productive Starting Points
Short Stories
Resurrecting the Short Story
Canvassing the Historical Landscape
Getting African American Adolescent Males to Read and Write Short Stories
Becoming Connected to Short Stories
Productive Starting Points
Armed for Battle
Being in the World Without
Engaging African American Adolescent Male Voices
So Where's the List?
Sample Lesson with Explicit Instruction and Text
Forty Engaging Texts for African American Adolescent Males
Texts Mentioned in This Book
Ten Enabling Texts with Starters and Essential Questions
Study Guide Questions
Bibliography
Index

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