Cuca's Conundrums Episode Three: In Arizona, 1924-26

Cuca's Conundrums Episode Three: In Arizona, 1924-26
Cuca's Conundrums Episode Three: In Arizona, 1924-26
Cuca's Conundrums Episode Three: In Arizona, 1924-26
Cuca's Conundrums Episode Three: In Arizona, 1924-26
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“Cuca’s Conundrums Episode Three: In Arizona,1924-26,” is written by Norma Landa Flores, M.A. Speech Communication, and is available on digital download at teacherspayteachers.com It is a 29 page short story and Oral Communication Lesson, the third episode out of 17, about an undocumented immigrant girl who makes her way from Mexico to Texas and Arizona to settle in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles, California.

Cuquita asks very specific details about what she sees and feels on her trip from El Paso to Miami, Arizona because she wants to tell her family all about her adventures when next they meet. She sees skunks and mirages and feels awkward using the outdoors as her toilet instead of an indoor excusado, water closet.

Mirages and an overheating radiator worry Cuquita until they arrive in Tucson, Arizona where Cuquita imagines that her uncle is going to get the hair in his nose trimmed by the local barber, who is actually one of Ramón’s bootlegging clients. Then, she gets a scolding from her cousin, Dorita, to stop using frank, risqué language and just be . . . quiet!

Cuquita meets Pachita, Miriam’s Apache employee at Las Golondrinas Boarding House in Miami, Arizona. Pachita reminds Cuca of her Mexican/Huichole nanny, Cholita. Pachita teaches Cuca to gather eggs and serve meals and do the laundry, as Cuca gives all of the boarders nicknames and tries to learn as much English as she can from them.

Apache, Ramón’s El Saguaro General Store manager, supervises Cuquita as she goes about her second job, sweeping the wooden floors and walkways in front of the store. He rewards her with a cold bottle of wild-berry-tea and tells her that it’s better than earning peanuts for wages because that’s all that her uncle pays him. Ramón scolds Cuca. She decides that he’s El Cucuy.

On El Dia De Los Muertos, Cuca’s uncle Ramón is killed by Arizona’s Rangers in order to stop him from organizing Globe Mining Company’s workers. Cuca reminds her tia that her father’s funeral expenses were paid by his employer by saying it was an accident at work because the insurance company wouldn’t pay if they knew she shot him. Mejicanos, Gringos, Apaches & Cuquita! Múy Intriguing!

Cuca’s Conundrums Episode Two: In Arizona, 1924-26, ~ Contents

[ eɪ ] Front Tense Vowel Functional Pronunciation
Pre-Assessment .....3
We Have Left Texas and Are Now in Arizona ..... 4
On the Road Conundrums Make Cuca Anxious .....5
The Good Times Are Your Sanctuary .....7
Workers Should Earn More Than Just Peanuts .....10
El Dia De Los Muertos ..... 12
The Rangers Bring Dorita Home .....16
Epilogue: Make the Sign of the Cross, Just in Case .....19
[ eɪ ] Pronunciation Grades .....20
Multiple Choice Questions for Discussion .....21
Multiple Choice Questions for Discussion Scores .....22
[ eɪ ] Front Tense Vowel Functional Pronunciation
Post-Assessment .....23
Contexts & Standards-Based Criteria for Assessing [ eɪ ] .....24
High Front Tense Vowel Functional Pronunciation
Appendix: Suggestions for the Teacher/Facilitator .....25
First Suggestion: Oral Communication About the Short Story.....26
Second Suggestion: [ eɪ ] Pronunciation Assessments .....27
Third Suggestion: Oral Interpretation, Reader’s Theatre, .....28
Stage Play, Broadcast Suggestions
Peroration and Copyright Information..... 29
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Cuca's Conundrums Episode Three: In Arizona, 1924-26
Cuca's Conundrums Episode Three: In Arizona, 1924-26
Cuca's Conundrums Episode Three: In Arizona, 1924-26
Cuca's Conundrums Episode Three: In Arizona, 1924-26
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