Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: Naming It All
Why Do We Need to Take This Approach in the Classroom?
Values of Social Justice Teaching
Traits of Textured Teaching
Bias in Teaching  
Racialized Imaginations
A Radical Teaching Stance
Context Is Important

Chapter 2: Student Driven and Community Centered
The Identity Work
The Land Work
Community Centered
Classroom Community
Classroom Texts and Libraries
Culture and Behavior Work
Cautions and Challenges
Adding a Layer of Texture  

Chapter 3: Interdisciplinary
Demystify and Destigmatize
Discussions and Conversations
Build Background and Research
Supplement and Think Critically
Collaborating with Colleagues
Synthesizing and Debriefing with Students
Cautions and Challenges
Adding a Layer of Texture

Chapter 4: Experiential
The Community as a Resource
Creating Experiences for Students
Bringing the Text to Life
Sensitivity and Intentionality  
An Example from My Class  
Experiencing Truth xx Cautions and Challenges  
Adding a Layer of Texture

Chapter 5: Flexible  

Strategizing for Flexibility
Strategy #1: Being Flexible with Students
Strategy #2: Being Flexible with Processing Sheets
Strategy #3: Being Flexible with Assessments  
Strategy #4: Being Flexible with Grading
Strategy #5: Including Out-of-School Literacies
Assessments and Learning Challenges
Cautions and Challenges
Adding a Layer of Texture

Chapter 6: Conclusion: Textured
If Only My Teachers Had Known
A Tool for You: Unit Template
The Texture We Already Have
It’s Time