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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Recently, I observed a reading lesson in an urban middle school in Baltimore,
Maryland, that involved five boys and one girl. All of the students were African
American. As a pre-reading activity, new vocabulary was being introduced.
2. Why is this happening? As reflected in the lesson plan above, this shorter text
can accomplish several things. It introduces students to a concept central to the
subsequent, longer reading: the treatment of blacks in South Africa, a major
1. Choose a brief text (50-200 words). Provide copies for each student. 2. Do the
lesson once a week. (Each lesson takes about 10 to 15 minutes.) Here is the
basic format for the lesson: 1. Read the text to the class (once, twice, or three
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LITERACY DEVELOPMENT IN BLACK
TURMOIL AND THE PROMISE OF READING 17
BLACK MALES AND THE READING
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Reconceptualizing the Literacies in Adolescent's Lives
Donna E. Alvermann
No preview available - 2006
Reading Success for Struggling Adolescent Learners
Susan Davis Lenski,Jill Lewis
No preview available - 2008