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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This man was holding on to his belief in the power of the written word when I was
ready to give up. ... The students were reading from decontextualized text and
were not provided any explicit strategy instruction or word study instruction.
Decontextualized word study should be avoided, because it makes students
simply memorize words without giving them a sense of the words' significance.
Strategy instruction and skill development must be contextualized. The words
We also planned fluency and word study instruction (such as decoding by
analogy) using text that the students were required to read in order to respond to
students' needs at the word level. The goal was to contextualize the word study ...
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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