“Lupe Del Refugio Searching for Sanctuary in the USA” was written by Norma Landa Flores, M.A. Multicultural Speech Communication Teacher/Author/Curriculum Developer, for educators, counselors & community leaders to download @teacherspayteachers.com
The Oral Communication lesson was written to remind multicultural communities that many culture’s beliefs, values, attitudes, languages & environmental survival needs should be integrated when planning English Language Learning and Oral/Speech Communication Curriculum.
Also, to remind Multicultural, Migrant and Immigrant families that being able to navigate barriers of racial, religious, language and cultural prejudice have always been part of our American experience that are ingrained reference points when interacting and communicating with others in our environment in order to keep on living with each other for mutual benefits.
In this short narrative poem, on pages 2-3, an 11 year old indigenous girl from Guatemala and her younger mother’s sister, the girl’s aunt whom she calls “tia”, escape from their village by traveling on rickety rafts across dangerous rivers, walking on dusty, rock strewn roads to catch beat-up old railroad freight cars heading north through Mexico and finally to the Mexican-American border at Tijuana in Baja California.
Lupe’s aunt is allowed to cross because she has work papers from her employers,
Mc Donald’s in Los Angeles. However, Lupe is detained because she becomes separated from her aunt. While Lupe waits for her aunt to come & get her, she is interviewed by a California Child Welfare Social Worker who only has ten minutes to interview the frightened girl. This is when the wise little girl manages to explain her problems and fears and suggests a way to solve them.
Page 4 is when students have a verbal discussion with each other to respond to 5 open questions and express their opinions about how they feel or what they would do or if they know of a similar situation they can relate to in the past or in the present.
Page 5 is the Functional Pronunciation Assessment & Lesson of the consonants
[ tʃ ] Catch and [ ʃ ] Cash. Specific instructions on how to articulate these sounds are described, practiced and evaluated with dyads taking turns reading and listening to six contrasting sounds sentences.
Page 6 is the Assessment of Communication Competence and English Speaking Skills, ACCESS © N. L. Flores 2005 form listing six observable oral communication behaviors to rate student’s speaking skills & suggest areas of improvement. This form can be used to assess any other speech presentations students participate in and to recommend areas of oral communication improvement needed.
Page 7 is the Contexts & Standards-Based Criteria for Assessing speaker’s Functional Pronunciation with observable, unbiased oral communication behaviors ranging from Excellent, Very Good, Good, Risky, Poor & Dangerous
All in all, “ Lupe Del Refugio Searching for Sanctuary in the USA” Narrative Poem, Pronunciation Lesson, Cultural Word Code Switching, Questions for open Discussion of Student’s Values and Assessment of Speaker’s Verbal Feedback using Standard American English Appropriate to Poem’s Context for grades 4-12 & Adult, History, Geography, Ethnic, Social Studies, Multicultural and English Language Learners and Sanctuary Students, Migrant, Immigrant & Keep Families Together Advocates, fulfills the mission of every teacher concerned with teaching multiculturally, realistically, ethically, relevantly and compassionately.