“A Mexican-American Indian Girl and Her ‘Heathen’ Parent’s Values” was written by Norma Landa Flores, M.A. Multicultural Speech Communication Teacher/Author/Curriculum Developer, for educators, counselors & community leaders to download @teacherspayteachers.com
The Oral Communication lesson was written to remind multicultural communities that many culture’s beliefs, values, attitudes, languages & environmental survival needs should be integrated when planning English Language Learning and Oral/Speech Communication Curriculum.
Also, to remind Multicultural, Migrant and Immigrant families that being able to navigate barriers of racial, religious, language and cultural prejudice have been part of our American experience that are ingrained reference points when interacting and communicating with others in our environment in order to keep on living with each other for mutual benefits.
In this narrative poem, on pages 2-5, a Mexican-American Indian girl and her classmates, living in a Methodist run residential school for girls whose parents are living in poor, migrant or troubled situations and can’t afford to raise their daughters in a safe, stable, healthy or wholesome environment, are torn between being loyal to the protestant way of life or their parent’s way of life.
This becomes a big problem when their housemothers refer to the girl’s parents as being ‘HEATHENS’ with heathen values because they were behaving in a wild, unexpected manner in reaction to some wild, unexpected behaviors by the school’s staff. A meeting is called between the girl’s housemothers, their church sponsors and the leader’s of the girl’s uprising, Alma the Mexican-American Indian from California and Running Chicken, aka, Reneè Chikén, the Apache from Arizona.
Page 6 is when students have a verbal discussion with each other to respond to 5 open questions and express their opinions about how they feel or what they would do or if they know of a similar situation they can relate to in the past or in the present.
Page 7 is the Functional Pronunciation Assessment & Lesson of the consonants [ ð ] Breathe and [ d ] Breed. Specific instructions on how to articulate these sounds are described, practiced and evaluated with dyads taking turns reading and listening to six contrasting sounds sentences.
Page 8 is the Assessment of Communication Competence and English Speaking Skills, ACCESS © N. L. Flores 2005 form listing six observable oral communication behaviors to rate student’s speaking skills & suggest areas of improvement. This form can be used to assess any other speech presentations students participate in and to recommend areas of oral communication improvement needed.
Page 9 is the Contexts & Standards-Based Criteria for Assessing Speaker’s Functional Pronunciation with observable, unbiased oral communication behaviors ranging from Excellent, Very Good, Good, Risky, Poor & Dangerous
All in all, “A Mexican-American Indian Girl and Her ‘Heathen’ Parent’s Values” Narrative Poem, Pronunciation Lesson, Cultural Word Code Switching, Questions for open Discussion of Student’s Values and Assessment of Speaker’s Verbal Feedback using Standard American English Appropriate to Poem’s Context for grades 4-12 & Adult, History, Geography, Ethnic, Social Studies, Multicultural and English Language Learners and Sanctuary Students, Migrant, Immigrant & Keep Families Together Advocates, fulfills the mission of every teacher concerned with teaching multiculturally, realistically, ethically and relevantly!