Table of Contents

How This Book Is Organized

I. The Urgent Need to Build Textual Lineages

1. African American Adolescent Males

2. Shaping Literacy as a Collaborative Act

3. Vital Signs of Literacy Development

II. Enabling Texts

4. Characteristics and Examples of Enabling Texts

5. Choosing, Creating, and Mediating Enabling Texts

6. Poetic Broadsides

7. Short Stories

8. Armed for Battle


A. Sample Lesson with Explicit Instruction and Text

B. Forty Engaging Texts for African American Adolescent Males

C. Texts Mentioned in This Book

D. Ten Enabling Texts with Starters and Essential Questions