Teaching Reading to Black Adolescent Males: Closing the Achievement Gap
For those who truly wish to leave no child behind, the racial achievement gap in literacy is one of the most difficult issues in education today, and nowhere does it manifest itself more perniciously than in the case of black adolescent males.
Approaching the problem from the inside, Alfred Tatum brings together his various experiences as a black male student, middle school teacher working with struggling black male readers, reading specialist in an urban elementary school, and staff developer in classrooms across the nation. His new book, Teaching Reading to Black Adolescent Males offers teachers and schools a way to reconceptualize literacy instruction for those who need it most.
Alfred bridges the connections among theory, instruction, and professional development to create a roadmap for better literacy achievement. He presents practical suggestions for providing reading strategy instruction and assessment that is explicit, meaningful, and culturally responsive, as well as guidelines for selecting and discussing nonfiction and fiction texts with black males.
The author's first-hand insights provide middle school and high school teachers, reading specialists, and administrators with new perspectives to help schools move collectively toward the essential goal of literacy achievement for all.
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All of the young men with whom Smith and Wilhelm worked were passionate
about activities in which they experienced "flow" (Csikszentmihalyi 1990). Four
conditions make up the flow experience: 1. There is a feeling of control. 2.
As with the word-study activities described in the previous section, nurturing
reading fluency should be integrated into the curriculum in meaningful ways, not
be an end unto itself. To nurture my students' reading fluency, I got them involved
Cloze activities also encouraged my students to monitor their comprehension
and helped them use multiple cueing systems to construct a text that makes
sense. (Figure 7.6 is a sample cloze activity.) Other comprehension strategies
can be ...
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