Choosing Culturally Diverse Texts for the Classroom


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Which of the following mistakes do authors of children's books often make that is unintentionally insensitive to Native Americans?

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1. Why is The Desert is My Mother/El Desierto Es Mi Madre an example of a good choice of children's literature to teach about Mexican-American culture?

2. Which of the following examples of children's literature describes a friendship between a black and a white soldier during the Civil War?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In order for teachers to help students learn about cultural awareness, certain texts can be used. The quiz and worksheet help you test your knowledge of these strategies and effective texts for these purposes.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be tested over the following topics:

  • What diversity is
  • Why teachers would use books about Muslim Americans in the classroom library
  • Common mistake made by authors who write children's books to inform them about Native Americans and their culture
  • The reason The Desert is My Mother/El Desierto Es Mi Madre is a good choice for informing children about the Mexican-American culture

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on teaching cultural awareness through text
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about the meaning of diversity
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about books that address Native Americans in a different light

Additional Learning

The lesson named Choosing Culturally Diverse Texts for the Classroom can help you analyze more about these teaching methods. Some topics you can learn more about include:

  • What multiculturalism reflects
  • Characteristics of Native-American culture
  • Teaching students about the African-American culture