“ Cuca’s Conundrums Episode Ten: Cuca Brava!” written by Norma Landa Flores and available on digital download @teacherspayteachers.com, is a 32 page Oral Communication, and Reader’s Theater Lesson that features the story entitled, “EpisodeTen:“Cuca Brava!” It is the tenth 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 area of Los Angeles, California, in 1930. The Saga takes place from 1924-1937. Each episode ends with an epilogue and is independent of the previous episode. The Epilogue focuses on improving pronunciation skills.
This material is suitable for students in grades 10-12 and above. In addition, the content is very helpful for any age level student learning English as a Second Language or for Special Education students having difficulty articulating [ z ] [ s ] [ ʃ ] or substituting
[ s ] [ ʃ ] or [ tʃ ] for these sounds. “ Cuca’s Conundrums Episode Ten: Brava Cuca!” encourages verbal communication, cooperation and oral collaboration.
Cuca’s Conundrums Episode Ten: Cuca Brava! Contents
[ z ] Voiced [ s ] Unvoiced [ ʃ ] Unvoiced
Consonant Articulation Pre-Assessment ..... 3
Cuca Sings in the Flamenco Follies, 1930 .....4
Brava, Niña! .....6
Cuca, Cuquita, Have You Seen Dora? .....10
They Called Me A Chichona, Cuca Sobbed .....14
What Happened to Dora’s Monthly Visitor? .....16
“Don’t Forget Me, Dora,” Cuca Said .....19
Epilogue: Santa Clos Gives You this Guitara! .....23
Articulation Grades .....24
Multiple Choice Questions for Discussion .....25
[ z ] [ s ] [ ʃ ] Consonant Articulation Post-Assessment .....26
Contexts & Standards-Based Criteria for
Assessing [ z ] [ s ] [ ʃ ] .....27
Appendix: Suggestions for the Teacher/Facilitator .....28
First Suggestion:Oral Communication About the Short Story.....29
Second Suggestion: [ z ] [ s ] [ ʃ ] Consonant Articulation Assessments.....30
Third Suggestion: Oral Interpretation, Reader’s Theatre, .....31
Stage, Play, Broadcast, etc.
Peroration and Copyright Information..... 32
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 Episode is 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 communicators must be good listeners in order to adapt their words and messages to the needs of the family, school, community and working conditions they find themselves in.
To sum it all up, Cuca learns that every cloud in her life can provide a silver lining for her, very brave, self-taught, movie writing ambitions in life. Cuca és Brava!