“Is Today a Good Day?” was written by teacher/author, Norma Landa Flores to help Speech Communication,Language Arts & ESL teachers facilitate Critical Thinking, Public Speaking & English Language Pronunciation Proficiency & Communication Competence for Multicultural Students.
Pages 2-4 consist of a poem detailing a student journalist, poet, writer’s trouble facing the fact that he has diabetes. When he finally tries to get medical help, he is put in an over crowded nursing home, ignored & dis-enrolled from his health plan. He tries to sign up for the new Affordable Health Care plan but it doesn’t happen. He dies waiting for the good day to happen. Thus he asks, “Is Today a Good Day?”
Page 5, provides 5 questions for Discussion of Student’s Opinions. Page 6 is the Functional Pronunciation Assessment of the vowels [ eɪ ] Day & [ ɑɪ ] Die. 6 sentences stressing the vowel sounds are listed for a speaker to pronounce as a listener assesses his/her pronunciation. Page 7 provides Contexts & Standards-Based Criteria for Assessing Speaker’s Communication & Pronunciation Proficiency & Competence.
Teachers of Language Arts, ESL, Civics, Sociology, Ethnic Studies & Nursing Programs will find “Is Today a Good Day?” a good way to start talking to each other about the state of our country’s Health Care system in a civil, productive way.