Novel Study Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
This novel study for Pam Muñoz Ryan’s novel, Esperanza Rising, includes a Discussion and Activity Guide, accompanying PowerPoint Presentation and outline, a Literary Log for students, optional homework assignments, summative assessments and rubrics, food cards for forming student groups, and bookmarks.
The Discussion and Activity Guide is comprised of questions, prompts, and/or activities for each chapter and offers teaching suggestions, vocabulary, and suggestions for a variety of ways in which students might respond to prompts: Teacher-Led Discussion, Pair-Share, Write-Pair-Share-Class-Share, Individual Student Response, and Small Group Mini-Activities. Questions, prompts, and activities are designed to increase the relevancy of the novel and facilitate critical thinking. Many of the questions and prompts could be used for longer writing pieces or mini-projects. Teaching Notes are includes throughout the Discussion and Activity Guide—they are optional ideas or strategies to enhance teaching and learning.
Students like to talk and this guide engages and encourages discussion. It can be used with the whole class, small groups, individual students, or for teachers who choose to read aloud Esperanza Rising to students. An accompanying PowerPoint Presentation facilitates student activities and can be utilized by teachers or students. The Literary Log for students includes all the questions, prompts, and activities in both the Discussion and Activity Guide and PowerPoint Presentation. Graphics on both the PowerPoint slides and the Literary Log serve as visual clues; these graphics work especially well with students whose first language is not English or for students who are primarily visual. The Literary Log for Esperanza Rising can be used by a whole class as well as small group of students or individual students reading the novel independently.
There are three optional homework assignments designed to enhance and extend the relevance of the novel. Homework assignments include: three Survey. Note. Conclude! focused on discrimination, unions, and repatriation.
Summative Assessments include 4 assessment projects with rubrics designed for a variety of learners.
Blooming with Knowledge about Esperanza Rising, includes 12 assessment activities connected to Bloom’s Taxonomy. What’s My Style assessments also include 12 assessment activities aligned with learning styles. Each level or style includes two choices. The accompanying rubric can be used with both Blooming with Knowledge and What’s My Style assessments.
Twelve food cards are for forming student pairs, triads, or quads. Reproducible bookmarks can be used to discuss bookmark quotes, form groups, or simply keep students’ place in the novel.
Connections to best practice and the Common Core Standards are included.
This product includes 4 files in a Zip format:
1. Discussion and Activity Guide for Teachers (PDF file) 46 pages
o Directions and Guide by chapter - Pp: 1-27
o 1 page alphabetical list of chapter vocabulary words – P. 28
o 1 page reproducible Personal Glossary Sheet – P. 29
o 3 page reproducible optional Homework Assignments – Pp. 30-32
o 4 page reproducible Summative Assessment Projects with Rubrics Pp. 33-36
o 3 page reproducible Summative Assessment Activities: Blooming with Knowledge and What’s My Style plus rubric – Pp. 37-39
o 12 reproducible food cards for forming student groups – Pp. 40-41
o 8 reproducible bookmarks with quotes from Esperanza Rising Pp. 42-43
o Connections to Best Practice and Common Core Standards – Pp. 44
2. Literary Log for Students (PDF file) 22 pages
3. PowerPoint Presentation (PowerPoint 2010 file) 87 Slides
4. PowerPoint Outline Teacher Guide (PDF file) 25 pages
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