A Partnership For Kid’s Rights,” written by Norma Flores and available @teacherspayteachers.com, is a 10 page lesson in developing Creative Writing and Public Speaking Skills for multicultural students in grades 6-8 and Adult ESL.
Page 2, features the Poem, “A Partnership for Kid’s Rights.” It updates the United Nations’ Human Rights Council mandate to protect women, children, poor and indigenous people from hunger and misery. Through dialogues, children of the Americas reach the conclusion that they should provide help to kids whether they are USA born, undocumented migrants or unfortunate kids in poor barrios because, all kids deserve to to be helped within their own borders so they don’t have to leave the place of their homeland. It focuses on developing pronunciation proficiency by contrasting
[ ɝ ] & [ ʌ ] vowels in the poem, and can be very useful for Language Arts teachers working with ESL students at any grade level, or instructors teaching Creative Writing, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Oral Communication Skills.
Page 3, consists of 3 Multiple Choice Questions for Discussion, Including Student’s Values, that encourage students to share their opinions from their own cultural points of view and explain how the questions are relevant to them.
Page 4, features the Functional Pronunciation Assessment worksheet through which dyads meet to assess each others pronunciation competency of the target sounds. Page 5 is the Assessment of Communication Competence and English Speaking Skills, ACCESS, which rates the speaker’s use of eye contact, audibility, pronunciation, use of word endings, intonation and stress of message function and intention.
Page 6, Lists the Contexts & Standards-Based Criteria for Assessing Pronunciation so that students may understand what level of communication competency they have demonstrated and try again if they need to improve.
Pages 7-10, The Appendix: Provides suggestions for the Teacher/Facilitator about how to communicate orally about the poem, how to conduct student assessments through dyads plus, the author’s purpose for teaching this lesson multiculturally.
This poem is bound to receive lots of positive feedback from parents and community leaders due to the ongoing controversy of how our politicians, social agencies and community leaders can help solve the border crisis on a long-term and equitable basis. Help your multicultural students get in on socially significant decision-making processes that focus on democratically proposing a plan of action for international leaders to advance.