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TEACHING IN DIVERSE CLASSROOMS
I. MULTIPLE CHOICE (CHOOSE THE BEST RESPONSE.)
1. Which of the following is NOT a reason why teachers should plan for diversity in
a. Teachers need to teach social studies to all their students.
b. Teachers need to recognize and respect differences.
c. Teachers need to be stewards of democracy.
d. Teachers need to ignore cultural differences among students.
2. What is individualized instruction as defined by the text?
a. Tailoring instruction to the capabilities of a student.
b. Tailoring instruction to the cultural differences of a student.
c. Providing personally meaningful learning experiences that enable students to
achieve curriculum goals.
d. Allowing students to choose what they want to learn.
3. According to the authors, what is the purpose of culturally responsive instruction?
a. Help children maintain their cultural identities while learning the school
b. Encourage children to understand different cultures.
c. Enable to children to respond appropriately to different cultures.
d. Help children from different cultures to understand the dominant culture.
4. The text author suggests that teachers need to understand their own family history.
a. Teachers need to be able to give their students an overview of where they
b. Teachers need to know who they believe discovered America.
c. Teachers need to understand the cultural perspectives, values, and prejudices
they bring to the classroom.
d. Teachers need to be able to tell the story of their family.
5. Which of the following statements summarizes the relationship between teacher
expectations and student performance?
a. Teacher expectations do not impact student performance.
b. Students do not care about their teachers’ expectations of their performance.
c. Students consistently perform above the expectations of their teachers.
d. Students tend to perform according to their teachers’ expectations.
6. Where did our concept of race come from?
a. Observations of a natural division of human species
b. An understanding that skin color is a way of seeing biological differences
c. European scientists invented race in the 18th century
d. The idea of race has always existed
7. According to the authors, students who are proficient in more than one dialect or
a. A disadvantage because standard English is all that’s really needed.
b. An advantage in a modern, diverse, and global society.
c. A disadvantage when looking for memberships in groups.
d. An advantage because they can provide translation for the teacher.
8. Which of the following are generally true of children living in poverty?
a. Their language skills lack sophistication
b. They are more likely to come from families where alcohol is abused
c. They have less access to health care and recreation
d. They don’t do as well in active social studies classrooms
9. The text offers two suggestions for accommodating the child with special gifts and
talents. What are they?
a. Tiered assignments and independent study.
b. Classwork and homework from the next grade level.
c. Extra credit for peer tutoring and mentoring younger students.
d. Planning lessons for the teacher and monitoring other students’ behavior.
10. Which of the following best represents the authors’ claim about sexual orientation and
a. Children talk about sexual orientation in terms of romantic relationships
b. Children aren’t interested in sexual orientation
c. Children are uncomfortable talking about gay and lesbian people
d. As long as the teacher stays quiet, children won’t bring up issues of sexual
II. SHORT ANSWER
Explain and evaluate the statement, “If everyone is treated the same, we simply
institutionalize and perpetuate inequality.”
III. EXTENDED RESPONSE
You are a teacher in a diverse elementary school (there are both boys and girls, more than one
race, several religious and ethnic groups, the children’s first language is not always English,
some children are exceptional, etc.). This school has an inclusion policy for children with
special needs. At the first “parent night” of the year you want to explain how your
curriculum and teaching strategies will be responsive to the diversity in your classroom.
Write a first draft of what you will say to the parents.
Discuss the following issue with a group of classmates. Use one of the scoring rubrics found
in Chapter Three of the text to assess your participation.
What should children in the primary (K-3), intermediate (4-5), and middle grades (6-8) be
taught about race and racism?
CHAPTER 2 TEACHING IN DIVERSE CLASSROOMS