Toward a More Anatomically Complete Model of Literacy Instruction: A Focus on African American Male Adolescents and Texts

@article{Tatum2008TowardAM,
  title={Toward a More Anatomically Complete Model of Literacy Instruction: A Focus on African American Male Adolescents and Texts},
  author={Alfred W. Tatum},
  journal={Harvard Educational Review},
  year={2008},
  volume={78},
  pages={155-180}
}
In this article, Alfred Tatum argues that the current framing of the adolescent literacy crisis fails to take into account the in-school and out-of-school challenges confronting many African American male adolescents today, particularly those growing up in high-poverty communities. Using the metaphor of literacy instruction as a human body, he argues that in the absence of sound theory about the importance of texts for African American male adolescents, even the best instructional methods will… Expand

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