“Let’s Celebrate Armed Forces Day!” was written by Norma Landa Flores, M.A. Speech Communication for teacherspayteachers.com It is in keeping with the author/teacher’s belief that Language Arts Class Rooms should be inclusive of ethnically diverse student’s educational, cultural, political, & socially significant realities.
Many students live in homes where their neighbors and parents discuss the problems ethnically diverse people are having as a result of civil unrest, migrants escaping persecution, religious persecution & even ethnic cleansing by governments that cause wars and military intervention by members of America’s Armed Services.
These students feel hopeless as the problems grow to the point of having to hear about Veteran’s who have been forgotten overseas and even when they come back to the United States. Teachers need to help their students try to cope with these issues by learning how to use their Oral Communication Skills to analyze the situation and arrive at a solution together. This lesson, “Let’s Celebrate Armed Forces Day!” is designed to let students do something constructive to show their appreciation for all the sacrifices ethnically diverse men and women of our Armed Forces have made for all of us.
The 10 page Oral Communication lesson consists of: Page 2 the Essay entitled, “Let’s Celebrate Armed Forces Day!” At the bottom of Page 2 there are also instructions on how to pronounce the consonants [ θ ] Thank and [ f ] Forces.
Page 3 is the Multiple Choice Questions for Discussion section. The three questions are based on information found in the poem and offers students the opportunity to discuss their answers and why they think their answer is valid & how they relate to the situation.
Page 4 is the Functional Articulation Assessment page containing six sentences that stress the two vowels for articulation practice featured in the essay. Students meet in dyads and pronounce the sentences to each other then assess each other’s pronunciation/articulation proficiency on a scale of Excellent to Dangerous pronunciation/ oral communication skills.
Page 5 is the ACCESS evaluation of the student’s Oral Communication Skills. This Assessment of Communication Competence and English Speaking Skills rates the speaker’s observable behaviors in the use of eye contact, audibility, standard pronunciation, use of word endings, emphasis and communication of message function and intention.
Page 6 is the Context & Standards-Based Criteria for Assessing the Functional Pronunciation/Articulation of [ θ ] and [ f ] sounds. Pages 7-10 are the Appendix with suggestions for the teacher/facilitator to easily facilitate their student’s oral communication learning experience. Good for grades 4-9 & Adult ESL Students.