Literature Study: Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan – Wednesday – Winter 2024 – 10 Weeks – Grades 5 – 7
Wednesday, January 10 2024 @ 9:00AM – Wednesday, March 20 2024 @ 10:30AM EST
Grade/Level:5 – 7
Day of Week:Wednesday
Class Times:9:00AM – 10:30AM (ET)
Esperanza Rising is an incredible story of overcoming and perseverance. On one level Esperanza Rising is a heartwarming story of a young girl who learns the importance of love and sacrifice for family and friends, but on another level, it is also a lesson in the cultural as well as personal struggles that poor families, especially immigrants and farm laborers, must experience.
Esperanza thought she’d always live a privileged life on her family’s ranch in Mexico. She’d always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home filled with servants, and Mama, Papa, and Abuelita to care for her. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California and settle in a Mexican farm labor camp. Esperanza isn’t ready for the hard work, financial struggles brought on by the Great Depression, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When Mama gets sick and a strike for better working conditions threatens to uproot their new life, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances-because Mama’s life, and her own, depend on it.
Together, students will read and discuss the story of Esperanza and find relationships between what is happening in the novel and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is a study in history, human rights, and reading comprehension.
What is a Literature Circle?
In literature circles, small groups of students gather to discuss a piece of literature in depth. The discussion is guided by students’ responses to what they have read. You may hear talk about events and characters in the book, the author’s craft, or personal experiences related to the story. Literature circles provide a way for students to engage in critical thinking and reflection as they read, discuss, and respond to books. Collaboration is at the heart of this approach. Students reshape and add onto their understanding as they construct meaning with other readers. Finally, literature circles guide students to deeper understanding of what they read through structured discussion and extended written and artistic response.
NOTE: This class must reach the minimum of five students by December 15, 2023 to run. If we do not reach this minimum, parents will be notified via email.
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