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Esperanza Rising Lesson Plan
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Teachers: Get the most from your time in the classroom when you use this lesson plan for this popular novel for young adults, Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan. In addition to providing comprehensive character analyses, this lesson plan offers guidance through the novel's primary themes, including perseverance. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- In Esperanza Rising why do Papa and Esperanza lie flat on the ground? Papa tells Esperanza that when one lies down on the land, one can feel it breathe and its heart beating. He is explaining to Esperanza that the whole valley breathes and lives. Esperanza wants to experience this, so Papa has her lie flat on the ground next to him with her cheek pressed against the earth.
- What job does Esperanza do that is typically reserved for the eldest son of a wealthy rancher? Esperanza cuts the first bunch of grapes with a special knife signaling the beginning of the harvest season.
- What event is Esperanza looking forward to that takes place three weeks after the harvest? She is looking forward to the fiesta that celebrates both the end of the harvest season and her birthday.
- What thought comes to Esperanza after she pricks her finger on the thorn? She automatically thinks, "bad luck."
- Abuelita is described as a smaller, older, more wrinkled version of Esperanza's mama. What makes her different than Mama and sometimes surprising? Although some things are always the same with Abuelita, others are surprising: a flower in her hair, a beautiful stone in her pocket, or a philosophical saying salted into her conversation, for example.
- Who is Hortensia in Esperanza Rising? According to Esperanza, how does she compare to Mama? Hortensia is the housekeeper. Esperanza thinks Hortensia is the opposite of Mama.
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