Using Informational Text to Teach A Raisin in the Sun

Using Informational Text to Teach A Raisin in the Sun

Using Informational Text to Teach A Raisin in the Sun

Using Informational Text to Teach A Raisin in the Sun

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The Common Core State Standards mean major changes for language arts teachers, particularly the emphasis on “informational text.” How do we shift attention toward informational texts without taking away from the teaching of literature?

The key is informational texts deeply connected to the literary texts you are teaching.

Preparing informational texts for classroom use, however, requires time and effort. Using Informational Text to Teach Literature is designed to help.

In this second volume (the first volume is on To Kill a Mockingbird), we offer informational texts connected to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. Readings range in genre (commencement address, historical and cultural analysis, government report, socioeconomic research study, and Supreme Court decision) and topic (housing discrimination past and present, abortion, the racial and cultural politics of hair, socioeconomic mobility and inequality, the violence associated with housing desegregation, and the struggle against the legacy of systemic racism).

Each informational text is part of a student-friendly unit, with reading strategies and vocabulary, writing, and discussion activities.

Teachers need to incorporate nonfiction in ways that enhance their teaching of literature.The Using Informational Text to Teach Literature series is an invaluable supportive tool.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475821543
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/12/2016
Series: The Using Informational Text to Teach Literature Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 9.80(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Audrey Fisch is Professor of English and Coordinator of Secondary English Education at New Jersey City University where she has taught for over twenty years. She has published a wide variety of academic work (including books with Cambridge and Oxford University Presses, numerous scholarly articles, and writing about teaching) and has worked as a curriculum consultant and professional development provider for K-12 districts in New Jersey.

Susan Chenelle has taught English and journalism for seven years at University Academy Charter High School in Jersey City, New Jersey, where she serves as English department lead and peer coach for humanities. She holds a master’s degree in education from New Jersey City University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Kenyon College.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents Preface Acknowledgements How to Use this Book Unit 1: What does Ruth risk by seeing “that woman”? Rickie Solinger: The Abortionist: A Woman Against the Law Loretta J. Ross: “African-American Women and Abortion” Unit 2: Any homes available? United States Department of Housing and Urban Development: Housing Discrimination Against Racial and Ethnic Minorities 2012 Unit 3: What’s with Beneatha’s hair? Andrea Benton Rushing: “Hair-Raising” bell hooks: Black Looks: Race and Representation Alice Walker: “Oppressed Hair Puts a Ceiling on the Brain” Unit 4: How does our world shape us and our opportunities?” Lyndon B. Johnson: “Commencement Address at Howard University: ‘To Fulfill These Rights’” Unit 5: How difficult would it really have been for the Youngers to buy a home in Clybourne Park? City of Seattle: Restrictive Covenant Chief Justice Fred Vinson: Shelley v. Kraemer Beryl Satter: Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black Urban America Unit 6: Is America the land of opportunity? Raj Chetty, Nathaniel Hendren, Patrick Kline, and Emmanuel Saez: “Where Is the Land of Opportunity? The Geography of Intergenerational Mobility in the U.S.” Unit 7: Do people have the right to live wherever they want, even if they are not wanted? Chicago Commission on Human Relations: “The Trumbull Park Homes Disturbances: A Chronological Report” Rubrics About the Authors Answers to all sections are available on the series website:
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