Responsive Non-Fiction

Culturally responsive texts are not just fiction, and not just for English class. Culturally responsive non-fiction/informational texts are essential to the literacy and  VABBing needs of students in content area instruction.  

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What the Hell Happened to Darius Miles?
by Darius Miles for the Players Tribune

Darius Miles is a retired NBA player who was selected right out of his East St. Louis high school to play for the Los Angeles Clippers. This first person narrative of his rise and fall from the NBA is honest, vulnerable and hopeful. Miles tells the tale of going from the violence and hopelessness of East Saint Louis, to private jets and more money than he could imagine. He shares the highs, lows and lessons learned.

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Author and activist, Blair Imani...

giving voice to the experience of being a queer, black, woman of faith, on Muslim Women's Day.
Photo by Lia Clay

How I Came Out of the Closet, Converted to Islam, and Found My True Self
by Ahmina Khan

In the words of Blair Imani, "We deserve to be celebrated. We don't constantly need to be telling our stories in a solemn and painful way. I don't want to only read about muslim women when we're killed or if it's about a hijab."   Ahmina Khan reveals how Blair Imani's candor and confidence helped her find affirmation, and solace as a queer Muslim woman.  Their conversation will validate, affirm, build and bridge the feelings, beliefs and experiences of those struggling to reconcile, faith, queer identity and so much more.

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Protesting Is Uncomfortable. Should It Be Easier?

Protest is uncomfortable. This is true for those protesting as well as those in opposition to protest. This fact is not new. Social media however, amplifies the voices, sometimes understanding and empathetic, oftentimes vile, make it difficult for young people in particular to navigate the best ways to stand for their beliefs and/or be agents of change. This Ask Code Switch article, addresses a question from a high school student, trying to find the best way to take a stand.

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Primary Source - Letter from Birmingham Jail

This letter never gets old, and unfortunately it's message and purpose is still relevant, maybe even more so now, during times that are sharply contentious.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote this letter, in long hand while he was imprisoned because of non-violent protest of segregation.  He could have written it today don't you think?


Researchers Say Boys are Favored Over Girls in Math

Do teachers think  boys are better than girls in math? According to a report by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) they do. Is math  a "girl thing" or not?

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The 5 Toughest Corners I've Ever Faced

First person narrative from A.J. Green, wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, on the top corners he has had to face in the NFL, and a funny little story about not being cool, and following your dreams. 


From Louis Armstrong to the N.F.L.: Ungrateful as the New Uppity

Trump’s invective toward N.F.L. players who kneel during the national anthem (such as members of the Jacksonville Jaguars, above) highlights the racially charged demands facing black entertainers.

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