“Multicultural Memorial Day Essay,” 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 cultural & socially significant realities.
Many students grow up with the idea that they are not 100% All American and feel marginalized in the classroom and out in the community. African American, Mexican American and Native American Indian students can be an active part of our country’s National Holiday celebrations by being informed of their own people’s contributions such as sacrificing to serve in the country’s military to preserve freedom for all.
The 9 page Oral Communication lesson consists of: Page 2 the Essay entitled, “African Americans Invented Memorial Day” At the bottom of Page 2 there are also instructions on how to pronounce the consonants [ k ] American [ ks ] Mexican.
Page 3 is the Multiple Choice Questions for Discussion section. The three questions are based on information found in the essay and offer 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 consonants for articulation practice featured in the essay. Students meet in dyads and pronounce the sentences to each other then assess each others pronunciation/articulation proficiency on a scale of Excellent to Dangerous pronunciation/ oral communication skills.
Page 5 is the Context & Standards-Based Criteria for Assessing the Functional Pronunciation/Articulation of [ k ] & [ ks ] sounds. Pages 6-9 are the Appendix with suggestions for the teacher/facilitator to easily facilitate their student’s oral communication learning experience. Suitable for grades 6-12 & Adult Bicultrural/Multicultural ESL Students.
Finally, this lesson was developed to provide students who cannot live with their relatives because the students have been placed in special boarding schools such as industrial, vocational, rehabilitation, religious or as in the author’s case, for Americanization educational purposes at Frances De Pauw Boarding School for Mexican American Indian Girls, 1946-1950 for the purposes of integration into our all American schools, colleges & universities. The hope is that our people’s sacrifices for this country will not be forgotten.