“ Speech About My Winter Art Project,” written by Norma Flores and available on digital download at: TeachersPayTeachers.com, is a 9 page Oral Communication and Pronunciation Lesson that features the poem entitled, “A Speech About My Winter Art Project” on page 2.
Page 3 contains “Multiple Choice Questions for Discussion.” Page 4 is the [ ɪ ] High-Front Relaxed Air In Vowel and [ i ] High-Front Tense Air to Nasal Area Vowel Pronunciation Assessment form with which students may take turns pronouncing and assessing each other.
Page 5 lists, “Contexts & Standards-Based Criteria for Assessing
[ ɪ ] High-Front Relaxed Air In Vowel and [ i ] High-Front Tense Air to Nasal Area Vowel Pronunciation. These standards for speaking and listening were agreed upon by the National Communication Association Task Force on Speaking and Listening Skills of which the author, Norma Landa Flores was a contributing participant. Pages 6-9, is the Appendix with Suggestions for the Teacher/Facilitator to more easily teach an oral communication lesson creating relevancy due to the “Speech About My Winter Art Project” theme of this lesson.
This material is suitable for students in grades 6-9 and above. In addition, the content is very helpful for any age level student learning English as a Second Language or for Special Education students having difficulty pronouncing [ ɪ ] and [ i ] or substituting one for the other. “Speech About My Winter Art Project,” encourages verbal interaction, communication, cooperation and oral collaboration.
A wonderful bonus is that this poem serves as a sample for writing poetry, improving and assessing pronunciation and developing informative speech outlining skills too! Surviving the feeling of being trapped by Mother Nature’s gift of winter very often makes people all over the world restless having to deal with the sense of being “cooped up.” Perceptions of being forced to stay inside requires a lot of imagination and creativeness in order to make sense of and embrace our abilities to turn dark winter’s forced entrapment into a sense of bright freedom. Create!