Esperanza Rising Resource Set

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Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Set during the Dust Bowl, Esperanza Rising tells the story of a young Mexican girl who was born into wealth and privilege. Esperanza’s story is one of many mountains and valleys, good times and difficult. Through paying careful attention to the challenges and struggles Esperanza faces, students will learn to determine the overarching themes of this beautifully written novel.

Teach with Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

This resource set includes everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction

  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 13 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Determining Theme
  • Chapter by Chapter Discussion Guide
  • Chapter by Chapter Vocabulary Guide
  • Book Club Calendar
  • Conversation Prompts
  • Expectations for Book Club Anchor Chart / Student Reference Sheet
  • Student Self-Evaluation Forms
  • Running Record Assessment Tool
  • Student Reading Response Guide
  • Comprehension Assessment Rubric
  • Common Core State Standard Assessment
CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • CCSS Alignment: L.5.6 RF.5.3 RF.5.4 RL.5.1 RL.5.10 RL.5.2 RL.5.3 RL.5.4 RL.5.5 RL.5.6 RL.5.7 RL.5.9 SL.5.1a SL.5.1b SL.5.1c SL.5.1d SL.5.2 SL.5.3 W.5.9
  • Vocabulary: L.5.4a L.5.5 L.5.6
  • Instructional Overview: 5.10A 5.13A 5.13C 5.13E 5.13H 5.1A 5.1C 5.1D 5.6A 5.6B 5.6C 5.6D 5.6E 5.6F 5.6G 5.6H 5.6I 5.7A 5.7B 5.7C 5.7D 5.7E 5.7F 5.7G 5.8A 5.8B  5.8C
  • Vocabulary: 5.3A 5.3B 5.7E 5.7F
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    Esperanza Rising Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes instructional background for determining theme, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to the Esperanza Rising Book Club.
    TEKS Alignment:

    5.10A 5.13A 5.13C 5.13E 5.13H 5.1A 5.1C 5.1D 5.6A 5.6B 5.6C 5.6D 5.6E 5.6F 5.6G 5.6H 5.6I 5.7A 5.7B 5.7C 5.7D 5.7E 5.7F 5.7G 5.8A 5.8B  5.8C

    Book Club Management Resources

    The management resources include a Book Club Calendar, conversation prompts, Student Self-Evaluation forms, Reading Response Board (with optional Common Core alignment), and an Expectations for Book Club anchor chart.

    Meeting #1: Introduce Determining Theme, Model Routines, Set Expectations

    An important part of being able to think deeply about Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan is being able to understand the text's theme. Over the course of this Book Club, students will examine how theme is developed and identified in the text.

    Meeting #2: Determining Theme by Looking at Events and Characters’ Responses

    As readers search to determine the theme in Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan, it is important to look for clues in the lessons that the characters learn as they encounter challenges. Students will use their Reader's Notebook to track their thinking about theme.

    Meeting #3: Determining Theme by Looking for Messages

    As students work towards determining the theme in Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan, they can practice by identifying the messages presented in their favorite books, songs, and movies.

    Meeting #4: One Word (Themes)

    Many times, theme can be broken down into just one word. These words are often character traits that are part of being a good person; acceptance, respect, kindness, sacrifice. Student discussion involves brainstorming possible one word themes for Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan.

    Meeting #5: Expand on the Word

    Building on the concept of one word themes from the last Esperanza Rising Book Club, students will now add clarity by turning their one word suggestions into phrases.

    Meeting #6: Picture the Theme

    This Esperanza Rising Book Club meeting takes an artistic twist! Students will discover that making a quick sketch of the characters and events of the chapter helps the reader to identify theme words by titling their drawing.

    Meeting #7: Characters Change

    Author Pam Muñoz Ryan presents challenges to her characters in Esperanza Rising. Careful readers will look for times of challenge as a clue to watch for a possible change in the character.

    Meeting #8: Tracking Changes in Characters

    Tracking the changes in the characters in Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan is an important step in identifying the story's theme. Student discussion examines the challenges faced by the characters and how they responded.

    Meeting #9: Graphically Organizing Changes and Theme

    During this Esperanza Rising Book Club meeting, students will connect their ideas on character challenges and changes with theme using a graphic organizer.

    Meeting #10: Learning Lessons from Others

    In addition to responding to challenges in the story, characters also learn lessons from interacting with other characters. This Esperanza Rising Book Club meeting shows students how to use a story strip with conversation bubbles to track lessons that the characters learn from each other.

    Meeting #11: Characters Teach Us

    Not only do the characters in Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan learn from each other, but the reader is able to learn the lessons as well. Students will create a character trait web for the character of their choice that includes positive traits for the reader to include in their own lives.

    Meeting #12: Theme Wrap-up

    As the reader comes to the end of Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan, he/she can use the work that has been completed throughout this Book Club to determine the story's theme. In order to do so, the reader will need to consider the challenges and responses of the characters, lessons learned, the story as a whole, and his/her own background knowledge.

    Meeting #13: Author’s Notes and Book Sell

    During the final Esperanza Rising Book Club meeting, students will use what they have learned about theme to verbally "sell" the book to a friend.

    Esperanza Rising Focus Assessment and Rubric

    Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with determining theme.

    Esperanza Rising Common Core Assessment

    This 9 question Common Core aligned assessment can be used to determine students' overall comprehension of Esperanza Rising and their mastery of the Common Core State Standards.

    Esperanza Rising Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Esperanza Rising. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes Book Club Management Resources for use with Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.

    Esperanza Rising Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Esperanza Rising, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the Esperanza Rising Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.5.4a L.5.5 L.5.6
    TEKS Alignment:

    5.3A 5.3B 5.7E 5.7F

    Esperanza Rising Common Core Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by Esperanza Rising Book Club Resource Set.

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the Esperanza Rising Resource Set.

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