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Antibias Literacy Instruction for Stronger Readers, Writers, and Thinkers

First Edition

Foreword by Sonja Cherry-Paul, Aeriale Johnson, Anna Osborn, Kimberly N. Parker, and Tiana Silvas



October 2023 | 336 pages | Corwin

--School Library Journal, starred review

What would it mean to truly “get free” as an educator?
How can we identify and challenge bias in our reading and writing curriculum and instruction? How can we support students in becoming empathetic, engaged individuals who can communicate with the world through reading and writing skills developed with compassion and critical thinking?

Answering these questions requires deep personal reflection and intentional daily practice — and it’s crucial today more than ever, when students are overwhelmed with misinformation and disinformation.

Drawn from decades of classroom experience and founded on the scholarship of social justice educators,Tricia Ebarvia provides a framework that can help teachers implement transformative, anti-bias literacy instruction in middle- and high school classrooms Get Free offers educators

  • Strategies for scaffolding literacy instruction in ways that center students’ identities and experiences, and help them develop a more inclusive understanding of literature and writing
  • Classroom structures and routines that support critical listening and open, authentic conversation and writing responses
  • Invitations for teachers to re-examine curriculum and instructional practices, based on a deeper sense of who we are and what we bring to every reading and writing experience

To develop stronger reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, antibias literacy instruction is essential. This is the book for teachers, new and experienced, who know that classrooms can be transformative, liberatory spaces where students better understand themselves, others, and the world.

Imagine the possibilities if we could just get free…

 
Foreword
 
Introduction
 
Starting with Ourselves: We Teach Who We Are
 
Creating Brave Spaces: Community First
 
Unpacking Multitudes: Expanding Students’ Understanding of Identity
 
Listening and Speaking: Critical Conversations
 
Rethinking Reading: Taking an Expansive Approach
 
Perspective-Taking and Perspective-Bending: Strategies for Reading

Get Free: Antibias Literacy Instruction for Stronger Readers, Writers, and Thinkers guides literacy educators through the self-work required to effectively teach against historical and current inequities within literacy education. By providing practical examples and relevant lesson plans, the book empowers the reader to create inclusive, equitable, and transformative literacy learning experiences for students—and teachers.

Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz
Columbia University

Get Free is a must-read for every teacher of literacy. In the book, Ebarvia reminds us that our personal identities cannot be separated from the work we do as teachers and that unpacking our experiences and biases is critical. Then she serves as mentor and guide on a journey to help us understand what it can look like in a classroom to be free as a teacher and learner.

Franki Sibberson
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

Built on decades of teaching and leading, Get Free provides key activities and concrete examples for how to create and sustain an antibias practice of literacy. These chapters, strategies, and key questions give educators the tools to see how identity shows up in our teaching and learning, and how to support deep learning to get free through literacy.

Liza A. Talusan
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Tricia Ebarvia

Tricia Ebarvia is a lifelong educator, author, speaker, and literacy consultant. She is an expert in curriculum design, culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogy, and social justice education, as well as a teacher consultant and member of the National Writing Project. For more than two decades, Tricia taught high school English, including courses in American literature, world literature, and Advanced Placement English. In addition to teaching, Tricia designed and facilitated racial literacy leadership programs for students as well as district-wide equity initiatives for faculty and staff. Since 2021, Tricia has served as the Director... More About Author

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