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Cuca's Conundrums Episode Two: In El Paso,1924

Cuca's Conundrums Episode Two: In El Paso,1924
Cuca's Conundrums Episode Two: In El Paso,1924
Cuca's Conundrums Episode Two: In El Paso,1924
Cuca's Conundrums Episode Two: In El Paso,1924
Cuca's Conundrums Episode Two: In El Paso,1924
Cuca's Conundrums Episode Two: In El Paso,1924
Cuca's Conundrums Episode Two: In El Paso,1924
Cuca's Conundrums Episode Two: In El Paso,1924
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“Cuca’s Conundrums Episode Two: In El Paso,” written by Norma Landa Flores, M.A. Speech Communication and available on digital download at teacherspayteachers.com, is a 26 page Short Story and Oral Communication Lesson, the Second 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.

Juan Alzajura Hidalgo, Cuca’s father, crosses the border from Juarez to El Paso to look for work as an accountant. His lack of fluent English speaking skills get him in trouble at a Produce Exchange Company but his patient, determined manner gets him a job as an accountant in a cigar factory owned by the Señora Caminante, who fears that she and her employees might be persecuted by Mexico’s Federales.

Cuca’s father has to change his name in order to please his new employer and, perhaps, save his own family in case the Federales or the Cristeros are trying to find the family treasure he supposedly left behind in Jalisco. He agrees to change his last name to “Buenavida.”

On Cuca’s 6th birthday on the 4th of July, her family plans a great feast for all the families living in their Juarez migrant worker’s camp. Juan’s employer arrives with presents for Cuca and a hand gun in her purse. When Cuca and her siblings run to the street to see who is playing with firecrackers, Señora Caminante asks Juan to clean the gun. “It’s not loaded,” she insists. But she pulled the trigger and Cuca’s father was killed.

Cuca’s mother and two older brothers are sent back to Jalisco. Cuca’s sister stays in El Paso and Cuca is sent to live with her tia, Miriam in Arizona. Her tio, Ramón, promises to take care of a mysterious fruit crate full of Mexican money that Juan brought with him from Jalisco and he says that taking care of Cuca will be a burden to him becomes she’s worthless. Cuca begs not to be separated from her family. She pleads with her mother . . . “I don’t want to be an orphan, all alone!”

Reading, writing, speaking and listening classes and especially oral communication classes such as storytelling, oral interpretation of literature, and drama will benefit from this short story’s content presented in a Multicultural Mexican-American-Bilingual style relevant to that era. The table of contents is as follows:

Cuca’s Conundrums Episode Two: In El Paso, 1924 ~ Contents

[ ɪ ] Front Relaxed Vowel Functional Pronunciation
Pre-Assessment ..... 3
Looking for Work in El Paso, 1924 ..... 4
Juan’s New Name is, “Buenavida” ..... 6
We Are Rich in Talent and Friends ..... 7
Sara Must Flee Her Bad “Buenavida” ..... 10
Epilogue: “Just My Luck,” Cuca Quipped ..... 16
[ ɪ ] Pronunciation Grades ..... 17
Multiple Choice Questions for Discussion ..... 18
Multiple Choice Questions for Discussion Scores ..... 19
[ ɪ ] Front Relaxed Vowel Functional Pronunciation
Post-Assessment ..... 20
Contexts & Standards-Based Criteria for Assessing [ ɪ ] ..... 21
High Front Tense Vowel Functional Pronunciation
Appendix: Suggestions for the Teacher/Facilitator ..... 22
First Suggestion: Oral Communication About
the Short Story ..... 23
Second Suggestion: [ ɪ ] Pronunciation Assessments ..... 24
Third Suggestion: Oral Interpretation, Reader’s Theatre, .....25
Stage Play, Broadcast Suggestions
Peroration and Copyright Information..... 26
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