More Great NCTE Reads That Support the Spirit of the African American Read-In! - National Council of Teachers of English
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More Great NCTE Reads That Support the Spirit of the African American Read-In!

Last week, we highlighted at some of NCTE-published texts that fit into the spirit of the American African Read-In. Let’s take a look at some additional texts and celebrate these member-authors!

In Cultivating Racial and Linguistic Diversity in Literacy Teacher Education: Teachers Like Me, Marcelle Haddix examines how English and literacy teacher education—a space dominated by White, English-monolingual, middle class perspectives—shapes the experiences of preservice teachers of color and their construction of a teacher identity. Read a review of this text from the Wisconsin English Journal.


Digital Griots: African American Rhetoric in a Multimedia Age will compel scholars and students alike to think about what they know of African American rhetoric in fresh and useful ways. Nicole Ashanti McFarlane from Clemson University wrote a review of this text and titled it, “Digital Memory and Narrative through ‘African American Rhetoric[s] 2.0’.”


Freedom Writing: African American Civil Rights Literacy Activism, 1955-1967 introduces gospel literacy, a theoretical framework analogous to gospel music within which to consider how the literacy activities of the Civil Rights Movement illuminate a continual interchange between secular and religious ideologies. Read more about this text in this NCTE blog post, “The Gospel According to Literacy.”


Carmaletta M. Williams provides high school teachers with background on Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance as well as help in teaching Hughes’s poetry, short stories, novels, and autobiography in Langston Hughes in the Classroom: “Do Nothin’ till You Hear from Me”. In this lesson plan from, students connect to a study of Langston Hughes’ poetry to his place in history.


Check back in a week — we’ve got still more inspiring NCTE texts to share with you!