This is a ready-to-use 29 page packet designed for teachers to use with students in grades 4-7 as they read Esperanza Rising . The first page is a bookmark master that may be copied, cut in half, and given to students to keep track of vocabulary words while reading the book and using the student booklet. In addition, there is a 22 page student booklet that divides the text into nine reading assignments with questions and tasks to go with each one. Included also is an answer key.
The student booklet is designed for independent work so that students can work on this in class while the teacher is meeting with another group. In my classroom students were responsible for completing one reading assignment with the accompanying questions each week. I gave them three, 40 minute periods per week to complete one assignment. They would then meet once a week with me (or an aide or a parent), along with the other students reading the same book (we called this a book club meeting) to discuss the book and review the assignments.
What worked for me, may not be what works best for you. Instead of using this as class work, the packet could also be used as homework. Also, instead of creating a booklet, the pages can be copied and handed out singly as separate assignments. Or, you might like to have readers who are more challenged by the work do partner reading and complete tasks together.
The questions and tasks in this booklet cover and reinforce the skills that good readers need to understand and maintain. These include comprehension, visualization, point-of-view, summarizing, connecting to the text, identifying character traits, and identifying the setting. The packet gives students extra practice in writing to explain their thinking and to demonstrate their understanding.
Esperanza Rising in a nutshell:
This book is a great choice for creating relevant bookclub discussions. Esperanza is a 13 year old girl who lives with her well-to-do family on a large ranch in Mexico. The murder of her father is the beginning of a drastic life change for Esperanza and her mother. They are forced to flee to California where they experience life as migrant workers. Esperanza learns how difficult life can be and how important family and friends are. Readers gain an understanding of the life of an immigrant in Southern California in the 1930's and of labor strikes.Created by Jean Martin
Awards for this book:
ALA Pura Belpré Award
ALA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults
Américas Award Honor Book
IRA Notable Book for a Global Society
Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
Appropriate for students in grades 4-9. Reading level approximately 5th grade.
You might also be interested in my two other packets by Pam Munoz Ryan: Becoming Naomi Leon and Paint the Wind.
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