Have your students personally connect with the ups and downs of Esperanza Ortega's life with this innovative "Mountains and Valleys" project.
Throughout Esperanza Rising, Esperanza’s grandmother Abuelita references mountains and valleys, ordinary objects that symbolize something bigger. In the story mountains symbolize those great moments in life when things are going well while valleys symbolize those difficult and challenging moments in life when things are uncertain.
All of us experience mountains (peaks/high points) and valleys (disappointing moments) during the course of our lives. With this in mind, think of some times in your life when you have experienced mountains and valleys.
Good examples could be something that you enjoy doing (a hobby, a sport, video game, etc.), learning something new (an instrument, a concept at school, etc.) or even your relationships with others (parents, siblings, friends, etc.).
□ Choose something or some time in your life when you have experienced some mountains and valleys. Mr. Maynard has provided examples of mountains and valleys he has experienced while playing basketball.
□ Think of five mountains that you have experienced with the topic that you chose.
□ Think of four valleys that you have experienced with the topic that you chose.
□ Use the diagram above to list your mountains and valleys. Your mountains and valleys should follow a chronological order (what happened first, second, third, etc.).
□ For each mountain and valley, you will need to describe the mountain and valley in 3-4 sentences, explaining why it was a mountain or valley. You may explain these on your final project or separate paper.
You should include at least 5 pictures or illustrations related to the topic that you chose somewhere on your final project, which may be done on poster board or the paper provided to you. Your final project should be organized and colorful.