“They Paid For Our Liberty” Poetry, Discussion & Message Clarification,” written by Norma Flores and available @teacherspayteachers.com, is a 9 page lesson in developing public speaking skills for multicultural students in grades 9-12 and above.
Page 2, features the Poem, “They Paid For Our Liberty!” It shares a bicultural father’s frustrations at the apparent lack of justice and equality going on in our country today. He wonders if our sons and daughters who served in the military, died in vain. It focuses on developing pronunciation proficiency by contrasting [ æ ] & [ ʌ ] vowels in the poem, and can be very useful for Language Arts teachers working with ESL students at any grade level, or Speech Communication instructors teaching group 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 question is 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 participation in international trouble-spots our nation’s military is involved in. Help your multicultural students get in on decision-making processes that focus on war and peace.