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Teaching Reading to Black Adolescent Males

Closing the Achievement Gap

Alfred W. Tatum

The race and gender achievement gap in literacy is one of the most difficult issues in education today. Providing a first-hand perspective, 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, to offer insights on ways teachers and schools can reconceptualize literacy instruction for those who need it most.

 

Product Details

  • Author: Alfred W. Tatum
  • ISBN: 978-157110-393-2
  • Year:2005
  • Media: 176 pp/paper
  • Grade Range: 6-12
  • Item No: WEB-0393


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.

Table of Contents

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Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Literacy Development in Black Adolescent Males
2. Turmoil and the Promise of Reading
3. Black Males and the Reading Achievement Gap
4. Reconceptualizing the Role of Literacy Instruction
5. Structuring Curriculum Orientations That Empower Students
6. A Culturally Responsive Approach to Literacy Teaching
7. Using a Comprehensive Framework
8. Discussing Texts
9. Strengthening the Assessment Profile
10. Establishing a Professional Development Community
11. Conducting Teacher Inquiries
Appendix: Two Assessment Forms
References

About the Author

Alfred Tatum
Alfred W. Tatum is an assistant professor in the Department of Literacy Education at Northern Illinois University. Before joining NIU's faculty, he was an assistant professor of reading in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of >more

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