Letting Go of Literary Whiteness: Antiracist Literature Instruction for White Students

Sophia T Sarigianides, Carlin Borsheim-Black

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Rooted in examples from their own and others’ classrooms, the authors offer discipline-specific practices for implementing antiracist literature instruction in White-dominant schools. Each chapter explores a key dimension of antiracist literature teaching and learning, including designing literature-based units that emphasize racial literacy, selecting literature that highlights voices of color, analyzing Whiteness in canonical literature, examining texts through a critical race lens, managing challenges of race talk, and designing formative assessments for racial literacy and identity growth.<br><br><b>Book Features:</b><br>Specific classroom scenarios and transcripts of race-related challenges that teachers will recognize to help situate suggested strategies.<br>Sample racial literacy objectives, questions, and assessments to guide unit instruction. <br>A literature-based unit that addresses societal racism in A Raisin in the Sun. <br>Assignments for exploring Whiteness in the teaching of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.<br>Questions teachers can use to examine To Kill a Mockingbird through a critical race lens. <br>Techniques for managing difficult moments in whole group discussions.<br>Collaborative glossary and exploratory essay assignments to build understanding of race-based concepts and racial identity development.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages176
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019


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