Using Informational Text To Teach A Raisin In The Sun by Audrey FischUsing Informational Text To Teach A Raisin In The Sun by Audrey Fisch

Using Informational Text To Teach A Raisin In The Sun

byAudrey Fisch, Susan Chenelle

Paperback | February 12, 2016

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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.
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 w...
Title:Using Informational Text To Teach A Raisin In The SunFormat:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 10.05 × 6.87 × 0.6 inPublished:February 12, 2016Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1475821549

ISBN - 13:9781475821543


Table of Contents

Table of Contents PrefaceAcknowledgementsHow to Use this BookUnit 1: What does Ruth risk by seeing "that woman"?Rickie Solinger: The Abortionist: A Woman Against the LawLoretta 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 2012Unit 3: What's with Beneatha's hair?Andrea Benton Rushing: "Hair-Raising"bell hooks: Black Looks: Race and RepresentationAlice 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 CovenantChief Justice Fred Vinson: Shelley v. KraemerBeryl Satter: Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black Urban AmericaUnit 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"RubricsAbout the AuthorsAnswers to all sections are available on the series website:

Editorial Reviews

Using Informational Text to Teach A Raisin in the Sun does not shy away from the major social issues Hansberry included (and partly omitted) from her play, which were, and still are almost 60 years later, pressing social concerns: African-American women's reproductive rights, hair and identity, racism, violence and housing discrimination. Chenelle and Fisch not only directly address these issues, but they encourage all teachers of Hansberry's play to engage their students with these complex problems facing our society. Their book is a potentially transformative collection reaching across curricular and pedagogical concerns and educational levels with techniques for traditional lecture formats, student-centered learning and MOOC platforms.