List of Tables.
Introduction: Persistent Problems.
Part One: The Basics.
1. If African American Kids Aren’t Dumb or Lazy, Why Are They Still Underachieving? Related Theories.
2. Effective Instructional Practices.
3. Effective Classroom Management.
Part Two: What Teachers Want to Know But Are Afraid to Ask.
4. How Can Teachers Reach African American Students from Challenging Backgrounds?
5. Standard English or Ebonics: Should We Force Them to Speak “Correctly”?
6. Can They Call Each Other the “N” Word?
7. What Should I Do When African American Students Accuse Me of Being Racist?
8. Why Do African American Students Need a Culturally Relevant Education?
9. Other Controversial Issues.
Conclusion: Can Beliefs Be Changed?
Appendix A: The Time Line Project.
Appendix B: The All About Me Project.
Appendix C: The Cultural Awareness Project.
Appendix D: The Community Problem-Solving Project.
Appendix E: Writing About Music, Writing to Music.
Appendix F: Using Writing Assignments and Student Artwork to Create a Class Anthology.
Appendix G: Using “Quotes of the Week” for Writing Assignments and to Improve Critical Thinking Skills.
Appendix H: Vocabulary Building Strategies.
Appendix I: The Six-Hour Inservice and the Four Schools.