Black Immigrant Literacies: Intersections of Race, Language, and Culture in the Classroom
Published by: Teachers College Press
Imprint: Teachers College Press
Sales Date: 2023-11-24
Published: November 2023
Imprint: Teachers College Press
Page Count: 176 Pages
Dimensions: 6.25 x 9.25
176 Pages, 6.25 x 9.25 x 0.75 in
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Learn how to center, affirm, and develop Black immigrant literacies in ways that allow all youth to engage with and honor their literacies. This book presents a framework to revolutionize teaching in ways that draw on students? assets for redesigning, rethinking, and reimagining literacy and the English language arts curriculum. This novel framework has five mechanisms through which Black immigrant literacies and languaging can be better understood: the struggle for justice, the myth of the model minority, transraciolinguistics, the local-global, and holistic literacies. Presenting authentic narratives of Afro-Caribbean youth, the author describes how teachers and educators can: (1) teach the Black literate immigrant; (2) use literacy and English language arts curriculum as a vehicle for instructing Black immigrant youth; (3) foster relations among Black immigrants and their peers through literacy; and (4) connect parents, schools, and communities. The text includes lesson plans, instructional modules, and templates that range in their focus from K?12 to college.
- Details how teachers, curriculum, and instruction can benefit from understanding the experiences of Black immigrant students, and how that experience differs from other Black American students.
- Highlights authentic narratives that center the holistic voices of Afro-Caribbean immigrant youth from Jamaica and the Bahamas.
- Demonstrates how students grapple with racialization, becoming immigrants, and the responses of others to their use of Englishes in the United States.
- Offers research-based methods for teaching all students to draw on their metalinguistic, metacultural, and metaracial understandings in literacy and ELA classrooms.
- Presents concrete strategies for supporting Black immigrant populations in establishing and sustaining a sense of community across linguistic, cultural, and racial contexts.
Foreword Shondel Nero ?vii
Acknowledgments and Dedication ?ix
1. ?Introduction ?1
The Framework for Black Immigrant Literacies ?2
Authentic Narratives ?4
A Call to Teachers, Educators, Schools, and Policymakers ?6
Envisioning Imaginary Futures With Black Immigrant Literacies ?8
Overview of the Chapters ?9
2. ?Reenvisioning the Literacies of Black Immigrant Youth ?10
A Brief History and Demographics of Black Immigrants in the United States ?10
Intersections Surrounding Black Immigrant Youth as a ?New Model Minority? ?11
Languaging and Englishes of Black Immigrants: A Selective Review ?15
Peer Interactions in the Black Immigrant Experience ?22
Reenvisioning the Literacies of Black Immigrant Youth ?23
Questions to Consider ?26
3. ?The Framework for Black Immigrant Literacies ?27
Elements of the Black Immigrant Literacies Framework ?27
Intersectional Lenses Undergirding Black Immigrant Literacies ?32
Applying the Black Immigrant Literacies Framework ?39
Questions to Consider ?39
4. ?Teaching Chloe, a Black Jamaican Literate Immigrant: Entanglements of Englishes, Race, and Migration ?40
Chloe?s Authentic Narrative: Entanglements of Englishes, Race, and Migration: ?You?ll Never Hear Her Speak, Like Broken? ?41
Insights From Chloe?s Authentic Narrative ?47
Questions to Consider ?65
5. ?Teaching Ervin, a Black Bahamian Literate Immigrant: Fostering Peer Interactions ?67
Ervin?s Authentic Narrative: Rac(e)ing Englishes as a Multilingual Migrant: ?Talking Like I?m Ghetto? ?68
Insights From Ervin?s Authentic Narrative ?75
?Black Enough? as a Way to Belong ?75
Questions to Consider ?102
6. ?Bridging Invisible Barriers With Black Immigrant Literacies: Building Solidarity Among Schools, Parents, and Communities ?103
Schools and Teachers ?118
About the Author ?164