On Father’s Day, Come Papas y Frijoles,” is a 3 page Essay written by Teachers Pay Teachers ~ Curriculum Developer/Teacher/Author/ Poet, Norma Landa Flores. It is specifically intended to help teachers integrate multicultural perspectives into their standardized, common core curriculum, while still adhering to the educational goals of Language Arts Programs committed to developing Multicultural Students’ proficiency & competency in reading, writing, speaking, listening & oral communication of Standard American English.
Pages 2-4 share a little girl’s memories of eavesdropping on her father’s and his friend’s melancholy memories of growing up poor in America. The Irishman complains that a potato famine in Ireland made him a starving orphan immigrant who is discriminated against for being poor. The little girl’s papa says that all his people get to eat are frijole-beans. He bemoans the fact that his school was segregated and his teacher only praised the white kids, saying that he “Just doesn’t think like an American!” The men talk, cry and then laugh to help each other come in from their poor people pain of alienation. She does too.
Page 5 is the Functional Articulation Lesson & Assessment with instructions on how to articulate [ p ] as in pear contrasted with [ b ] as in bear and lists all of the [ p- b ] words found in the essay. Page 5 also contains 6 sentences that contrast [ p-b ] with directions to a classmate/listener on how to listen and rate a speaker’s pronunciation/articulation of the 6 sentences.
Page 6 is the Assessment of Communication Competence and English Speaking Skills, ACCESS © N. L. Flores 2005. 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 in order to adapt verbal and nonverbal messages to the field of experience of their listeners & share mutual meanings for mutual benefits.
This material is suitable for grades 4-12 & Adult Multicultural English Language Programs, Integrated Classes, History, Civics & Ethnic Studies. “On Father’s Day, Come Papas Y Frijoles,” is intended to motivate students to talk to each other about reasons to overcome segregation and ways to help each other reap the benefits of our society with liberty, freedom & justice for all, as our Pledge of Allegiance proclaims!