The flexible structure of an interactive read aloud (IRA) provides a platform to address issues of race for those educators who have the desire, but may not know how or where to start. Using a visual of a three circle diagram, the paper illustrates the importance of aligning a critical racial stance, the text, and the talk together to maximize student learning. One text, Can I Touch Your Hair? (Latham & Waters, 2019) is highlighted as a model to show the possible convergence of the three components. In addition, the author notes the importance of reflexivity and provides suggestions on further personal and professional learning. Education-focused resources helpful for developing a justice-oriented stance, selecting high quality texts, and suggestions for classroom discussion are noted throughout the paper.
"The Stance, the Text, and the Talk: Three Components of a Critical Race-Oriented Interactive Read Aloud,"
Michigan Reading Journal: Vol. 54:
2, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/mrj/vol54/iss2/8