“Cinco De Mayo” Helped Win Slave’s & Indian’s Freedom!” was written by Norma Landa Flores for Teacherspayteachers.com. This poem meets Common Core Curriculum standards as it serves as a Pronunciation Lesson, provides Critical Thinking Interaction through Socially Significant Questions for Discussion and Competency-Based Criteria & Assessment forms. This PDF digital download lesson is suitable for students in grades 6-9 & Adult ESL.
The 9 page Oral Communication & Pronunciation Improvement Lesson is presented as follows: Page 2 features the poem, “Cinco De Mayo Helped Win Freedom!” It also includes specific instructions of how to articulate 3 Bilabial Consonant sounds: [ f ] French [ p ] Napoleon [ b ] Puebla.
Page 3 is the Multiple Choice Questions for Discussion part featuring questions about the content of the poem on page 2. Students are given an opportunity to discuss their choice with a partner & explain why it was an appropriate answer, given the poem’s message.
Page 4 is the Articulation Assessment page containing six sentences stressing the three consonants in the lesson. Students meet in dyads to assess each other’s appropriate pronunciation and score themselves from Excellent to Dangerous communication skills observed.
Page 5 is the Communication Competency Articulation Assessment Standards chart describing levels of proficiency and how they affect clear communication.
Pages 6-9 The Appendix, offers suggestions for the Teacher/Facilitator of this lesson.
The colorful illustrations make this poem come alive. Students will feel the spirit of collaboration for a just cause as they read the poem and discuss the answers. Make Cinco De Mayo more that just a day to attend a special sale at the local mall, eat tacos or listen to Mexican Music. Make it a day of learning the price of freedom and the importance of making freedom & respect for people’s rights stay alive even to this day!