The School Bell Rings
for a New Day of Education Excellence
Beginning in late August through the
beginning of September millions of young people from
kindergarten through college will be returning to classes. Some
of these young people will be entering the world of formal
education for the first time, while others will be returning to
grade schools, high schools, colleges or universities.
Whether starting in a preschool program,
public school setting, private school, or an Ivy League
university, the importance of a good education is paramount for
the African-American student. The beginning of school each year
for the African-American student has great significance.
While it is seen as a source of great hope for many, there are
far too many students who come with little hope.
Some students as young as kindergarten have
not embraced our educational system. Many come to school lagging
far behind Caucasian students and or middle class
African-American students. Research has shown that poverty
can be an indicator of the possible success of a child in
school. Though poverty as a systemic problem is too complex to
handle here, we do know is that if we believe as, have the faith
of, our forefathers with regard to the importance of education,
parents and their children can make a way out of no way.
Our African-American students must learn to
adapt and use this system that is not always structured and
geared entirely in our interests.
The history of the education of the African
the United States is an often neglected story. The staff of ChickenBones:
A Journal feels that the education of African Americans is too
important and significant a story to leave buried and
unavailable for broad use.We at ChickenBones hope to provide a
wealth of information to help all of us understand our past.
Parents please utilize this information and share it with your
Beginning with this article, we will attempt
to share ideas and strategies that parents and caregivers can
utilize to improve their young people's literacy and study
skills. We want all of our young people to make this school year very rewarding.
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for the African-American Elementary
Obtain or maintain a library card
Read aloud to your children books by many different
Read books written by African-Americans
Use chants, raps and poems to help your child
Look for books with repetitive rhyming phrases for
Label household items for young children
Provide a quiet place to study for students of all
Read the newspaper, magazines, comics, information
from web sites and other informational text
Limit the amount of television that your child
The ABCs of Reading
to and with
Buy books as gifts. ( about topics they are
Drop everything and read each day at a certain time.
Exchange books with others.
Find books with African-American characters in them.
Give hints or clues if your child gets stuck.
It is okay to make mistakes. We all do.
Join in praising reading success.
Keep books and other reading material everywhere.
Libraries are great and are FREE.
Magazines encourage reading.
Never force reading.
Read Over and Over.
Poetry is wonderful and helps with phonics.
Quiz your child (informally).
Record books read.
Start a book club with relatives and friends.
Take your child to a bookstore.
Understand that reading takes time.
Variety is the spice of life.
Write letters to relatives.
Extend bedtime for reading once in a while.
You are your child's most important teacher.
Zealous readers come from reading families. Be a
family that reads together.
General Tips for
Pre- K &
Help your child to recognize his name in
Play games and sing songs to help your child with the
Make up stories with simple text to read to your
Read fairy tales, poems, chants, and informational
text to your child
Play word games with common household items
Have your child retell stories including family
Have discussions about the story with your child, ask
such questions as--
What do you think the
author wants us to know? Do you agree with the author?
Why? Do you like books dealing with this subject?
Encourage your child when he or she tries to read and
Subscribe to children's magazines
for Assisting Students in Grades
1 & 2
Play games to help your child learn basic
sight words (memory, bingo, concentration etc.)
Purchase or make phonics games to help your child
with letter sounds
Read aloud to your child books about different
cultures and ask questions about the author and text
Question your child about the beginning, middle, and
end of stories
Allow your child to read lots of different materials
with assistance as needed (sports magazines as well as
other magazines, newspapers, library books, comics,
poems and plays
Read books to your child by African-American authors
Allow your child to help you prepare food and read
Subscribe to children's magazines
Read material from the Internet to your child
for Assisting Students in
Grades 3, 4 and 5
Review basic sight words through games ,
chants, raps and plays
Read aloud challenging books that deal with real life
Read books by African-American authors
Have your child explain the beginning, middle and end
of stories heard or read
Help your child use the WWW and e-mail to find
Allow your child to read from different genres
Help your child summarize what he has heard or read
Review writing for different purposes with your child
(to inform, to persuade, to express personal ideas)
Encourage your child to write letters to friends and
or family members
Dolch Basic Sight
|The Dolch word List represents 220 basic
sight words chidden should know by the end of the
primary grades. These are high frequency words that
appear many more times than others in ordinary reading
PRE PRIMER Sight
Primer Sight Words
THIRD GRADE Sight
SOME FAVORITE READ ALOUD BOOKS
It is our hope that our children with the assistance of
family members and friends will utilize all available resources
to learn and excel at high levels. For us to reach our maximum
potential as a people we must teach our children the importance
of achieving well in our current academic settings. Yes, we must
know our past , but we also must set goals for the future
regardless of the difficulties circumstances of poverty and
Yvonne Terry, vice principal of
Waverly Elementary School, prepared this document for ChickenBones: A Journal
for the 2002-2003 school year. We
thank and praise her dedication and sacrifice to the uplift of all
children. -- Ed. R. Lewis
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Sister Grief: Defined and Conquered in
"Sister Grief: Defined and Conquered in
Jesus" is an engaging book that
confronts the universal experience of
living with death and dying. The author
personifies the personal loss of loved
ones as "Sister Grief." The book, partly
autobiographical, provides a holistic
plan for conquering grief through faith,
through a special relationship with
Jesus. This plan is designed to help
navigate one through the grieving
process. The book includes personal
stories, poetry, testimonials, letters,
practical suggestions, and strategies
based on a love for the divinity in
one's life. Although the circumstances
that cause grief may be sad, this book
is filled with love, encouragement, and
hope that lead one towards spiritual
health and wholeness.
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Salvage the Bones
A Novel by Jesmyn Ward
On one level, Salvage the Bones is a simple story about a poor black family that’s about to be trashed by one of the most deadly hurricanes in U.S. history. What makes the novel so powerful, though, is the way Ward winds private passions with that menace gathering force out in the Gulf of Mexico. Without a hint of pretension, in the simple lives of these poor people living among chickens and abandoned cars, she evokes the tenacious love and desperation of classical tragedy. The force that pushes back against Katrina’s inexorable winds is the voice of Ward’s narrator, a 14-year-old girl named Esch, the only daughter among four siblings. Precocious, passionate and sensitive, she speaks almost entirely in phrases soaked in her family’s raw land. Everything here is gritty, loamy and alive, as though the very soil were animated. Her brother’s “blood smells like wet hot earth after summer rain. . . . His scalp looks like fresh turned dirt.” Her father’s hands “are like gravel,” while her own hand “slides through his grip like a wet fish,” and a handsome boy’s “muscles jabbered like chickens.” Admittedly, Ward can push so hard on this simile-obsessed style that her paragraphs risk sounding like a compost heap, but this isn’t usually just metaphor for metaphor’s sake. She conveys something fundamental about Esch’s fluid state of mind: her figurative sense of the world in which all things correspond and connect. She and her brothers live in a ramshackle house steeped in grief since their mother died giving birth to her last child. . . . What remains, what’s salvaged, is something indomitable in these tough siblings, the strength of their love, the permanence of their devotion.—
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The Looting of America: How Wall Street's Game of Fantasy Finance
Destroyed Our Jobs, Pensions, and Prosperity—and What We Can Do About It
By Les Leopold
How could the best and brightest (and most highly paid) in finance crash the global economy and then get us to bail them out as well? What caused this mess in the first place? Housing? Greed? Dumb politicians? What can Main Street do about it? In The Looting of America, Leopold debunks the prevailing media myths that blame low-income home buyers who got in over their heads, people who ran up too much credit-card debt, and government interference with free markets. Instead, readers will discover how Wall Street undermined itself and the rest of the economy by playing and losing at a highly lucrative and dangerous game of fantasy finance. He also asks some tough questions: Why did Americans let the gap between workers' wages and executive compensation grow so large? Why did we fail to realize that the excess money in those executives' pockets was fueling casino-style investment schemes? Why did we buy the notion that too-good-to-be-true financial products that no one could even understand would somehow form the backbone of America's new, postindustrial economy? How do we make sure we never give our wages away to gamblers again? And what can we do to get our money back? In this page-turning narrative (no background in finance required) Leopold tells the story of how we fell victim to Wall Street's exotic financial products. Readers learn how even school districts were taken in by "innovative" products like collateralized debt obligations, better known as CDOs, and how they sucked trillions of dollars from the global economy when they failed. They'll also learn what average Americans can do to ensure that fantasy finance never rules our economy again. The Economy
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The White Masters of the
The World and Africa, 1965
By W. E. B. Du Bois
W. E. B. Du Bois’
Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization
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