“Dolores Huerta Speaking Up for Human Rights: An International Poem for Multicultural-Americans,” by Norma Landa Flores, M.A. Speech Communication, was written in keeping with the author’s promise to teach what she’s learned to those less fortunate enough to have studied and practiced using American English to solve problems in their communities and all around the world where people need to empower themselves to gain the basic human rights they deserve.
Page 2 is the Poem, “Dolores Huerta Speaking Up for Human Rights,” At the bottom of page 2 instructions for pronouncing 2 vowel sounds found in the poem, are provided. They are [ æ ] as in the word Stack and [ a ] as in the word Stock.
Page 3 is the Multiple Choice Questions for Discussion Including “Student’s Values” form. It features 3 multiple choice questions about information given in the poem and allows spaces for students to discuss what their beliefs, values or attitudes are about their answers, given the topic and their feelings.
Page 4 is the assessment page that has sentences featuring the 2 vowels [ æ ] as in the word Stack and [ a ] as in the word Stock, which students take turns reading a loud and assessing each other’s appropriate pronunciation with. Page 5 is the ACCESS, Assessment of Communication Competence and English Speaking Skills form. Students read the sentences a second time and evaluate themselves on the observable communication behaviors of: eye contact, audibility, pronunciation, grammar, emphasis & communication of message function & intention. Page 6 is the Contexts & Standards-Based Criteria used for Assessing & Contrasting the [ æ ] as in the word Stack and [ a ] as in the word Stock vowel sounds.
Pages 7-10 is the Appendix with Suggestions for the Teacher/Facilitator including ( 1 ) Five suggestions for communicating about the poem ( 2 ) Four suggestions for conducting the Consonant Articulation/Pronunciation Assessments ( 3 ) the teacher/author’s rationale for preparing this International Poem for Multicultural-Americans Oral Communication Lesson.
All in all, this Poem & Lesson are relevant to students who have worked in the fields or have friends and relatives living in poverty, suffering from poor nutrition because their parents are unemployed or are not receiving sufficient wages to support their families. Also, this poem reflects a national and international need to speak up for people’s human rights to education, civil rights & freedom from being exploited because of their religion, immigration status, age or gender.This poem suggests that by uniting and making your voice heard it is possible to protest in a non-violent way and help your cause be heard in order to bring about positive change and progress. It Can Be Done! Si Se Puede!