“My work addresses students as strong thinkers who deserve access to texts and tools with which to frame ideas, form opinions and address the issues of our time.”

– Dr. Alfred W. Tatum

ID Is Built on
Four Foundational Platforms

Dr. Tatum's four platforms provide progressively broader contexts for intellectual development.


Define Self

Find the language to put your voice on record without apology and without waiting for others to define you

Become Resilient

Remain steadfast in the face of destabilizing conditions inside and outside of school

Engage Others

Engage others to strive for a better humanity for all

Build Capacity

Build capacity to create a foundation on which future generations can build their agendas

ID Lesson Overview

All 16 lessons have the same structure and are organized by ID platform, theme, essential question, anthology selection, and trade book extension.

For example, the structure of Lesson 10 is:

  • ID Platform: Engage Others
  • Theme: Exploitation
  • Essential Question:
    What does it mean to be invisible?
  • Anthology Selection:
    • “Federico’s Ghost” by Martín Espada
    • “Toxic Skies” by Ivan Mejia
  • Trade Book Extension:
    Students on Strike by John A. Stokes
ID Lesson Overview Chart
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Each lesson opens with a slide show that addresses the Essential Question—an emotionally and intellectually challenging kickoff for the broader inquiry, which plunges students into real-world issues.

The slide show also gives rise to the first Raw Write in response to what is seen and discussed.

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The slide show is followed by a short, substantive, thematically linked selection from the ID Anthology. The reading leads to more group discussion, and both teacher and student engage in another Raw Write.

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Part 3 allows students to go deeper into writing after self-selecting one of three writing options: a) writing that is related to the ID Anthology selection; b) writing based on research into the Slide Show topic; or c) writing to refine an earlier Raw Write.

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The final phase of each lesson extends the inquiry by connecting to other, longer literature—focusing on one trade book.

ID Scope and Sequence

For an overview of each platform's four lessons, simply click an icon to view a grid with that platform's themes, essential questions, slide show titles, anthology selections and trade book extensions.

Define Self

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Theme Essential Question Slide Show Anthology Selection Trade Book Link
1 Identity Can you use writing to define who you are? First Person "Chop"
by Alfred Tatum (poem)
"Why I Write Poetry"
by Kevin Powell (essay excerpt)
Sunrise Over Fallujah
by Walter Dean Myers
2 Relationships Is surrendering who you are ever the better option? Bruised "So I Ain't No Good Girl"
by Sharon Flake (short story)
"Love is Just Complicated"
by Tupac Shakur (poem)
Accidental Love
by Gary Soto
3 Diversity What happens to WHO we are when WHERE we are changes? Uprooted "A Place Without Shame"
by David Baraza (poem)
"Shoes"
by Gary Soto (memoir excerpt)
Accidental Love
by Gary Soto
4 Self-Expression Why does personal expression matter? It's Personal "Indian Education"
by Sherman Alexie (short story)
"The Power of a Joke"
by Dick Gregory (autobiography excerpt)
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian *
by Sherman Alexie
Contains mature content. You may want to preview before reading aloud.

* The trade books in ID were carefully selected for their capacity to motivate and capture the attention of disengaged readers. However. Scholastic is sensitive to the fact that two award-winning titles (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and Behind the Eyes) contain particularly mature content or language that may be considered inappropriate by your school district or community. If either book is deemed too mature before you purchase it. an alternate collection can be ordered in place of the original. Please see back cover for details or contact your local Scholastic Account Executive.

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Become Resilient

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Theme Essential Question Slide Show Anthology Selection Trade Book Link
5 Perseverance Are our destinies fixed, or do we shape them? Unprecedented "IU"
by Tavis Smiley (memoir excerpt)
"Encouraged"
by Paul Laurence Dunbar (poem)
Students on Strike
by John Stokes
6 Literature How can another person’s thinking give power to your own? Footnoted "Kipling and I"
by Jesus Colon (memoir excerpt)
"If"
by Rudyard Kipling (poem)
The Rose That Grew From Concrete
by Tupac Shakur
7 War What’s most important for a person’s resilience—mental toughness, physical health, or core beliefs? Purple Heart "I Should Be Dead"
by Ladda Tammy Duckworth (oral history excerpt)
"A Soldier's Arabic"
by Brian Turner (poem)
Sunrise Over Fallujah
by Walter Dean Myers
8 Justice Is justice always just? Sentenced "Behind Bars"
by Walter Dean Myers (novel excerpt)
"Caged"
by Malcolm X (autobiography excerpt)
Behind the Eyes *
by Francisco Stork
Contains mature content. You may want to preview before reading aloud.

*The trade books in ID were carefully selected for their capacity to motivate and capture the attention of disengaged readers. However, Scholastic is sensitive to the fact that two award-winning titles (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and Behind the Eyes) contain particularly mature content or language that may be considered inappropriate by your school, district, or community. If either book is deemed too mature before you purchase ID, an alternate collection can be ordered. Please see back cover for details or contact your local Scholastic Account Executive.

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Engage Others

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Theme Essential Question Slide Show Anthology Selection Trade Book Link
9 Violence Is violence the solution—or the problem? Bang! "Undertaker"
by Patricia Smith (poem)
"Untitled"
by Slayton Goodman (poem)
Behind the Eyes *
by Francisco Stork
10 Exploitation What does it mean to be invisible? At What Price? "Federico's Ghost"
by Martín Espada (poem)
"Toxic Skies"
by Ivan Mejia (newspaper article excerpt)
Students on Strike
by John Stokes
11 Success Which is more important in life—hard work or natural talent? Sheer Genius? "A Poem For Magic"
by Quincy Troupe (poem)
Being Realistic
by Chip Bok (cartoon)
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian *
by Sherman Alexie
12 Redemption When individuals change, what happens to the world around them? 180º "Boy Soldier"
by Ishmael Beah (memoir excerpt)
"Street Soldier"
by Dashaun Jiwe Morris (memoir excerpt)
The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
Contains mature content. You may want to preview before reading aloud.

*The trade books in ID were carefully selected for their capacity to motivate and capture the attention of disengaged readers. However, Scholastic is sensitive to the fact that two award-winning titles (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and Behind the Eyes) contain particularly mature content or language that may be considered inappropriate by your school, district, or community. If either book is deemed too mature before you purchase ID, an alternate collection can be ordered. Please see back cover for details or contact your local Scholastic Account Executive.

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Build Capacity

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Theme Essential Question Slide Show Anthology Selection Trade Book Link
13 Good/Evil Which is the greatest force—love, hate, indifference, or compassion? Human Nature "Night"
by Elie Wiesel (memoir excerpt)
"We Must Take Sides"
by Elie Wiesel (speech excerpt)
The Boy Who Dared
by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
14 Environment How are you impacting Earth, and what is Earth’s impact on you? Trashed "Dear Future Generations"
by Luis Campos (poem)
"Tadpoles"
by Wangari Maathai (speech excerpt)
The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
15 Marinalization How deep are the roots of inequality? Haves. Have Nots. "Come Hell or High Water"
by Michael Eric Dyson (nonfiction)
"I'm a Survivor"
by Gerard Broussard (interview excerpt)
The Rose That Grew From Concrete
by Tupac Shakur
16 Activism What is the power of one voice in the fight for justice? Who cares? "Black Rage"
by Abiodun Oyewole (song excerpt)
"To Our People"
by Umar Bin Hassan (poem)
The Boy Who Dared
by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Contains mature content. You may want to preview before reading aloud.

*The trade books in ID were carefully selected for their capacity to motivate and capture the attention of disengaged readers. However, Scholastic is sensitive to the fact that two award-winning titles (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and Behind the Eyes) contain particularly mature content or language that may be considered inappropriate by your school, district, or community. If either book is deemed too mature before you purchase ID, an alternate collection can be ordered. Please see back cover for details or contact your local Scholastic Account Executive.

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ID Program Components

For Students

ID Anthology connects students with short texts that provide models of rich language and speak to real-life issues that resonate with students’ lives in and out of school. (24 copies)
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ID Journals encourage students to write in response to slide shows, discussions, and readings, and to record their own ideas and observations. (48 copies)

Portfolio Folder gives students a place to archive and preserve their own writing. (24 copies)

ID Trade Books allow students to explore further, in longer texts, the themes, ideas, and inquiries introduced in the ID Slide Shows and ID Anthology. (8 titles; 10 copies each)

ID Posters add bold, visual reminders of the four ID foundational platforms and the ID preamble. (5 posters; 1 copy each)


For Teachers

ID Professional Guide helps teachers create effective inquiry-based lessons, lead discussions, support the analysis of texts, and inform writing strategies.
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Fearless Voices by Dr. Alfred W. Tatum New to ID and an invaluable resource for teachers, Fearless Voices addresses the practical implications of supporting teachers and students as writers and provides the groundwork for creating a literacy collaborative in every classroom.
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ID Research Paper describes foundational research underlying the program.
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Teacher Resource CD-ROM
sparks inquiry-based lessons with:

  • ID Slide Shows that begin each of the 16 lessons with an essential question that provokes thinking, discussion, and Raw Writing about real-world issues.
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  • Writing Resources that support student writing with graphic organizers that help students conceptualize, frame, and plan their writing.
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  • Research Frameworks and Research Worksheet that provide support and background material for research on issues related to essential questions and lesson inquiries.
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  • ID Assessment Resource that provides a framework for students to evaluate and discuss every piece of writing they encounter.
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  • ID Book Guides that provide scaffolds and support for students as they build and extend their textual lineages.
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