Sierra Holmes, Greg Shafer, and Amanda Stearns-Pfeiffer
Language Arts Journal of Michigan
Call for Papers: Spring 2017, Deadline: March 15, 2017
We are living in a time in which news of racism and racial strife is plentiful. From Black Lives Matter to the Flint Water Crisis, we cannot help but recognize the clear evidence of race as an invidious thread that binds many of these troubling issues together. And, of course, there are the concerns about linguistic fairness and students’ right to their own language. Do language arts teachersno matter the level or school have a pressing responsibility to acknowledge this racial discord?
This LAJM issue asks writers to consider the many concerns of race, difference, linguistic diversity, and equality as topics for teaching and writing. How do we integrate these topics into our literature classes and assignments for writing? What can we learn from our students of various cultural and racial backgrounds? What pieces of literature offer the most hope and challenges? What assignments have generated the most authentic responses to the real controversies that swirl around us? Language instruction cannot be empowering unless it is inclusive, so how do we accomplish this and avoid political tumult?
We invite contributions that provide insight on the intersection between race, difference, change, and language arts pedagogy.