“Cuca’s Conundrums Episode Fourteen: Lucky Connections” written by Norma Landa Flores and available on digital download @teacherspayteachers.com, is a 27 page Oral Communication and Reader’s Theater Lesson that features the story entitled, “ Episode Fourteen: Lucky Connections,” It is the fourteenth in a collection of 17 interrelated short stories about Cuca, an undocumented immigrant girl who makes her way from Mexico to Texas and Arizona to settle in with her aunt Miriam and cousin Dora in the Boyle Heights and Downtown areas of Los Angeles, California, in 1933. The Saga takes place from 1924-1937. Each episode ends with an epilogue that features a pronunciation lesson, multiple choice questions, bias-free assessments and is independent of the previous episode.
This material is suitable for students in grades 10-12 and above. In addition, the content is very helpful for any older age level student learning English as a Second Language or for older Special Education students having difficulty articulating [ ʃ ] [ tʃ ] [ ʒ ] or substituting [ s ] [ ʃ ] or [ z] for these sounds. “Cuca’s Conundrums Episode Fourteen: Lucky Connections” encourages verbal communication, cooperation and oral collaboration while developing competent speaking and listening skills.
Cuca’s Conundrums Episode Fourteen: Lucky Connections Contents:
[ ʃ ] [ tʃ ] [ ʒ ] Articulation Pre-Assessments .....3
Cuca, Hollywood’s Echo Park Extra, 1933 .....4
Cuca, La Coquette? .....5
Public Relations Connections .....6
Dora’s Treasure Hunting Guests .....8
Dora’s Guests of Honor Arrive .....11
Cucaracha and Card Games .....14
Epilogue: Beating El Diablo .....18
Articulation Grades .....19
Multiple Choice Questions for Discussion .....20
[ ʃ ] [ tʃ ] [ ʒ ] Consonant Articulation Post-Assessment .....21
Contexts & Standards-Based Criteria for
Assessing [ ʃ ] [ tʃ ] [ ʒ ] .....22
Appendix: Suggestions for the Teacher/Facilitator .....23
First Suggestion: Oral Communication About the Short Story....24
Second Suggestion:[ ʃ ] [ tʃ ] [ ʒ ] Articulation Assessments .....25 Third Suggestion:Oral Interpretation,Reader’s Theatre,.....26
Stage, Play, Broadcast, etc.
Peroration and Copyright Information..... 27
A wonderful bonus is that this Episode serves as a sample for writing a short story for Reader’s Theatre or Oral Interpretation of Literature, bilingually, because the text is rich in dialogue and is supplemented with plenty of click art illustrations that establish the context and appropriateness of the student’s oral communication.
The scenes are brief enough to edit into a classroom or speech tournament presentation. Furthermore, it improves pronunciation in a relevant, student-centered method too. The most important lesson to be taken from this Episode is that nobody is perfect. When you look behind the scenes or up close and personal everyone has his or her private fears to hide from and, happy wishes to promote publicly!
Cuca manages to help her friends and family earn WPA and Hollywood money by hitching on to any services they may require and facilitating their creature comforts without getting herself into too much trouble. Cuca’s connections have turned her into a Downtown Los Angeles-Hollywood-Multicultural-Community Liaison! Share her pride and expertise!