Our writing classes teach argumentative modes, academic discourse, and language standards often associated with whiteness, power, and the disenfranchisement of linguistic practices outside of standard written English. Perhaps the dominance of whiteness in writing instruction is represented clearly enough by the fact that the majority of authors appearing in this text are white and that this text refers mostly to Western rhetorical traditions.
While we’re working with a limited number of resources that are open source to make this textbook free for students, we also don’t want to reproduce linguistic injustice by reaffirming white discursive modes as the only standard our students can or should adhere to. We offer this appendix to guide instructors in considering how our teaching may implicitly or explicitly exclude some students. These materials present a set of starting points to explore inclusive and antiracist teaching practices.
Antiractist Pedagogy Guide from USC Libraries
This libguide provides a rich set of resources for examining whiteness, confronting systemic oppression, and starting conversations about race and racism in the classroom. This set of resources may be best suited for teachers looking to deepen their own understanding of systemic racism and whiteness or seeking texts that lead students toward examination of racism and white supremacy, though it also includes a set of toolkits aimed at syllabus and curriculum design.
Antiracist Teaching Resources/Readings
This enormous list of resources compiled by Megan McIntyre at Sonoma State University contains a helpful mix of theoretical and practical resources for digging into antiracist pedagogy. The sections “Thinking about Language” and “Whiteness and Teaching” may work particularly well for students and teachers new to antiracist work.
Appendix: Alternatives to Traditional Grading
Please see the appendix to this textbook for a primer on alternative grading models. This resource includes information about the biased nature of grades, the impact of traditional grading on student learning, and some starting points for moving away from traditional grading.
Black Language Syllabus
Curated by coeditors April Baker-Bell and Carmen Kynard, this website advanced Black linguistic justice by providing materials centered on Black rhetorics. From podcasts to TED talks to a list of “Black language homework” on understanding the origin of Black linguistic practices, this website presents a wide array of content for teachers who want to learn more about how teaching standard English can invalidate or erase the language practices of Black students.
Caring for Students Playbook
This resource details strategies for accessible and inclusive course design. It builds from approaches in culturally responsive teaching and universal design for learning to optimize course content to include all students.
Implicit Bias Modules Series
From the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State, this series of modules provides a primer on implicit bias and would be well suited for instructors or students who want to learn more about how implicit bias functions in the brain and how it manifests itself in educational settings. This leads learners to take an Implicit Association Test from Project Implicit at Harvard.
Practicing Anti-racist Pedagogy
Courtesy of the Inclusive Teaching Center at the University of Michigan, this resource site contains many concrete resources for implementing antiracist pedagogy. It also makes important distinctions between antiracist pedagogy and inclusive teaching more broadly and establishes some key principles for antiracist teaching.
Students’ Right to Their Own Language
This foundational statement from College Composition and Communication in 1974 remains central to linguistic justice in writing classrooms. It’s a great starting point for thinking about what instructors of writing or English value in our teaching, and it can serve as a conversation starter in writing classrooms as well.