“Pledge of Benevolence” Poetry, Discussion & Message Clarification,” written by Norma Flores and available @teacherspayteachers.com, is a 9 page lesson in developing Creative Writing and Public Speaking Skills for multicultural students in grades 6-9 and above.
Page 2, features the Poem, “Pledge of Benevolence.” It updates the USA’s Pledge of Allegiance to include the plight of children of all the America’s, especially the Central American children who have been forced to flee to USA borders. It reminds all American countries that they all promised their people justice, liberty and unity. But that there is a need to come up with a method to fulfill those promises, with a new plan. It focuses on developing pronunciation proficiency by contrasting [ ə ] & [ ɛ ] vowels in the poem, and can be very useful for Language Arts teachers working with ESL students at any grade level, or instructors teaching Creative Writing, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Oral Communication Skills.
Page 3, consists of 3 Multiple Choice Questions for Discussion that encourage students to share their opinions from their own cultural points of view and explain how the questions are relevant to them.
Page 4, features the Functional Pronunciation Assessment worksheet through which dyads meet to assess each others pronunciation competency of the target sounds.
Page 5, Lists the Contexts & Standards-Based Criteria for Assessing Pronunciation so that students may understand what level of communication competency they have demonstrated and try again if they need to improve.
Pages 6-9, The Appendix: Provides suggestions for the Teacher/Facilitator about how to communicate orally about the poem, how to conduct student assessments through dyads plus, the author’s purpose for teaching this lesson multiculturally.
This poem is bound to receive lots of positive feedback from parents and community leaders due to the ongoing controversy of how our politicians, social agencies and community leaders can help solve the border crisis on a long-term basis. Help your multicultural students get in on decision-making processes that focus on protection of all of God’s children living on America’s benevolent land and dialogues about socially significant issues.