“People’s Poetry, Pronunciation and Message Clarification” by Norma Flores features the poem: “Now Is The Time For Unity” and is available @teacherspayteachers.com It's a 9 page lesson in developing oral communication competency by turning current issues into poems for oral communication and message clarification interactions, while focusing on [ oʊ - aʊ ] Back Vowel pronunciation contrasts and peer assessment for multicultural students in grades 5-8 and above.
Page 2, features the poem: “Now Is The Time For Unity,” as it respectfully, reminds members of Native American Indian tribes to cooperate with each other and our Federal Government in order to weave a tapestry of American rights. Page 2 also explains how to pronounce [ oʊ - aʊ ] Back Vowel sounds.
Page 3 “Multiple Choice Questions for Discussion,” provides students with 3 questions about the poem’s message. Students use this page to discuss the poem, express their own opinions and agree upon an appropriate answer.
Page 4 Is the Functional Pronunciation Assessment of student’s competency in pronouncing [ oʊ - aʊ ] Back Vowel sounds in six contrasting vowel sentences. Students use separate forms to assess each other’s oral communication competencies.
Page 5 lists the Contexts & Standards Based Criteria for Rating students oral communication competency and recommending further practice for improvement.
Pages 10-9, The Appendix: Provides suggestions for the Teacher/Facilitator about how to communicate orally about the poem and how to conduct student assessments through dyads.
“People’s Poetry, Pronunciation and Message Clarification” is a relevant way to approach clarification of mispronounced words by using current community-centered situations to evaluate the appropriate way to pronounce words considering the time, place, and relationship of the persons communicating with each other.
This method of teaching pronunciation reinforces clarity while providing students with a method to express their concerns and values. It never makes the speaker feel like he/she is being ridiculed. It’s a great way to reduce communication apprehension for Special Needs Students and ESL Speakers at any grade level.