Esperanza Rising Novel Study Unit for Grades 4-8 Common Core Aligned

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Esperanza Rising is the perfect novel to share with your upper elementary to middle school readers! The theme of this novel is perseverance and the idea that one should never be afraid to start over. Your students will LOVE this historical fiction novel and this corresponding novel unit!

This 74-page PRINT AND GO Esperanza Rising Novel Unit includes:
• Chapter by Chapter Lesson Plans for teachers to implement the novel seamlessly
• Main idea chapter title work
• 2- pages of Character Analysis work
• 14-pages of Context Clue Word Work to enhance student vocabulary
• Map to track the characters in the novel from Mexico to the US
• 22-pages of reader response questions to enhance comprehension
• 2-pages of Personification work
• 3-post-reading journal prompts
• an end of novel project
• Answer Key

Your students will love reading about Esperanza's adventure from a wealthy Mexican land owner to poor immigrant worker. They will be cheering her on every step of the way as they learn a bit about our American history.

Esperanza Rising Novel is not included, but FYI:
Interest Level
Grades 4 - 7
Reading Level
Grade level Equivalent: 5.5
Lexile® Measure: 750L
DRA: 50
Guided Reading: V
Historical Fiction
Great Depression
Farm and Ranch Life
Mexican and Mexican American


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Total Pages
74 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.


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