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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He flunked sixth grade three times and was promoted to the eighth grade
because of his age without ever completing the seventh grade. He then failed
eighth grade and was required to go to summer school and meet a minimum
In 1998, for example, only 33 percent of eighth-grade students and 40 percent of
twelfth-grade students were reading at or above the proficient level. A large
percentage of students are unable to extend the ideas of a text, make inferences,
Grade-Level or Departmental Meetings Grade-level or departmental meetings
took several forms. Sometimes they were used to introduce instructional
approaches. I would discuss the role of literacy instruction for black students in an
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LITERACY DEVELOPMENT IN BLACK
TURMOIL AND THE PROMISE OF READING 17
BLACK MALES AND THE READING
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