“Grandpa Bravo’s Memorial Day and All Veteran’s Day Story,” written by Norma Landa Flores and available on digital download at: TeachersPayTeachers.com, is a 10 page Oral Communication and Pronunciation Lesson that features the story entitled, “Grandpa Bravo’s Memorial Day and All Veteran’s Day Story ” on page 2. In addition, specific instructions of how to articulate the consonant sound [ v ] as in Veteran, is provided at the bottom of page 2.
Page 3 contains “Multiple Choice Questions for Discussion Including Student’s Values,” that encourages students to share their values and opinions from their own cultural points of view and explain how the questions are relevant to them or if they have any feelings about the topic. Page 4, features the Functional Articulation Assessment worksheet through which dyads meet to assess each others articulation competency of the target sounds. Page 4 is the [ v ] Top Teeth On Lower Lip, Hold As You Vibrate Air Consonant Articulation Assessment form, with which students may take turns pronouncing and assessing each other.
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, Lists the Contexts & Standards-Based Criteria for Assessing Articulation so that students may understand what level of communication competency they have demonstrated and try again if they need to improve.
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.
This material is suitable for students in grades 6-9 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 [ v ] or substituting [ b ] [ f ] or [ w ] for this sound. “Grandpa Bravo’s Memorial Day and All Veteran’s Day Story,” encourages verbal communication, cooperation and oral collaboration.A wonderful bonus is that this story serves as a sample for writing a short story bilingually, improving and assessing articulation plus role-modeling storytelling/problem-solution outlining skills too!
In this story we learn that Bravo means brave and that in the barrio your name defines how you live and how you expect those around you to live in spite of temporary let downs such as a lack of government’s attention to polluted areas or a quick follow through on the promise to provide all Veteran’s with quick and complete medical services. Patriotism is an honor not be taken lightly because in the end, all the brave and all the righteous shall overcome all prejudice and injustice, together!