Teaching Challenging Texts, with Jocelyn Chadwick

Join Jocelyn Chadwick as she discusses:

  • authentic, content-rich texts that involve diverse voices,
  • open-ended questions that invite individual and collective student voices, and
  • student-centered discussion routines with meaningful teacher moves

Talking About Texts

What does a classroom characterized by student-centered talk/discussion look and sound like?

Facilitating Challenging Conversations

What are challenging discussions about texts, topics, perspectives, inquiries, and class comments?

The Cay

This award-winning novel remains a powerful classic of prejudice, love, and survival.

Establishing a Welcoming and Affirming Environment

What teacher moves make the most difference?

Fostering Community Connections

How can teachers navigate the parent and community conversations about challenging or banned text?


Explore our Secondary Literacy program, myPerspectives

Reading Diverse and Challenging Books

As ELA teachers, why must we be ever mindful of a "singular narrative" in our classrooms?

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Learn why this book is considered by some to be one of the most controversial texts in American history.

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