“California Mission Indians: Poetry & Pronunciation,” written by Norma Landa Flores (author of “Street Corner Flight,” in “Mirrors & Windows: Connecting with Literature Grade 6, EMC/Paradigm Publishing) and available @teacherspayteachers.com, is a 12 page lesson in developing oral communication competency by turning confusing historical inconsistencies into explanations using common ground values while focusing on [ u - ʊ - oʊ - aʊ - ɔ - ɑ ] Back Vowel Sounds Pronunciation and Peer Evaluation through interactive oral dialogues designed to supplement historical information found in current California Mission Indian curriculum, by including a multicultural perspective.
Page 2, features a Vowel Pronunciation Diagram of the mouth indicating the Front, Middle & Low areas along with the High, Central and Back areas so that students can “map” the direction in which their sounds can be navigated.
Page 3 is the Key to Standard American English Pronunciation featuring IPA, Key Word and Back Vowel Guide table.
Page 4 gives directions on how to pronounce [ u - ʊ ] vowels in the words used in the dialogue/poem explaining why California Mission Indian’s needs were overlooked and why Junipero Serra’s leadership is misunderstood. Page 5 gives directions on how to pronounce [ oʊ - aʊ ] vowels in the words in the dialogue/poem used to explain why Native Mission Indians consider their ancestor’s burial grounds sacred and need them to be respected. Page 6 gives directions on how to pronounce [ ɔ - ɑ ] vowels in the words in the dialogue/poem used to explain how Mission Indians felt about being captive slave labor in their own land.
Page 7, features the Functional Pronunciation Assessment worksheet through which dyads meet to assess each others pronunciation competency of the target sounds. Page 8 is the Access: Assessment of Communication Competence and English Speaking Skills form. Students read the sentences a second time and evaluate themselves on the observable communication behaviors of: eye contact, audibility, pronunciation, grammar, emphasis & communication of message function & intention.
Page 9, 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 10-12, The Appendix: Provides suggestions for the Teacher/Facilitator about how to communicate orally about the dialogues and how to conduct student assessments through dyads.
“California Mission Indians: Poetry & Pronunciation,” is an ethical way to approach explanations of inconsistencies in California’s governing goal of progress through multicultural inclusion, in an appropriate, unbiased, interactive oral communication activity using common ground values to teach Common Core Lessons.