Chapter 7 of your text describes how Mrs. Whitcomb adapts a 3rd grade social studies lesson to accommodate an ELL student, Carmella, in A Teachers Story: Preparing Carmella to Learn on page 20. Read the lesson in Chapter 7 and Chapter 8 about differentiated instruction, and answer the following questions:
- What aspects of this lesson did Mrs. Whitcomb think would be more difficult for Carmella than for her English proficient classmates and why?
- How did Mrs. Whitcomb provide differentiated instruction for Carmella? What strategies did she use to make the language of the lesson more comprehensible for Carmella?
- Do you think that the strategies that Mrs. Whitcomb used would be effective for scaffolding Carmellas language development and understanding of the content? Why or why not?
- What suggestions do you have for Mrs. Whitcomb about other strategies that she might use in this lesson?