Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Lesson plans and teaching resources
Pam Muñoz Ryan
The author's official Web site.
Pam Muñoz Ryan
A series of 19 short video clips dated June 2007.
A video interview with Pam Muñoz Ryan
Biography, bibliography, short video clips, and a transcript.
This extensive unit plan includes KWL chart, vocabulary, discussion questions, and more.
A variety of reading strategies, including an anticipation guide and a muligenre writing project.
Esperanza Rising: Digital Booktalk
This short video could serve as a prereading activity.
Esperanza Rising Learn It Guide. Adobe Reader required for these resources.
- Introductory Material
Author biography, background information, character list, vocabulary words.
- Section 1 Worksheet
Students work with cause and effect, context clues, and making predictions.
- Section 2 Worksheet
Students work with characterization, vocabulary, and making predictions.
- Section 3 Worksheet
Students work with summarizing and context clues.
- Plot Graphic Organizer
Venn diagram to compare/contrast real events with fictional ones.
- Symbolism Graphic Organizer
Students analyze the symbolic use of fruit and vegetables.
- Whole-Novel Discussion and Activities
4 discussion questions and 5 post-reading activities.
- Multiple Choice Test
A series of Powerpoint presentations with vocabulary and learning activities, organized by chapter.
3- week unit plan for 5th grade. Includes calendar/curriculum map, lesson plans, handouts, learning activities, assessment rubric, more. 224 pages; Adobe Reader required. Consider downloading the file and printing only those pages needed.
3- week unit plan for 6th grade. Scroll down, follow links for daily lessons.
Esperanza Rising: Learning Not to Be Afraid to Start Over
Students will explore some of the contrasts that Esperanza experiences. The lesson will also look behind the story at the historical, social, and cultural circumstances that help to account for the great contrasts and contradictions that Esperanza discovers. And, finally, the lesson will invite students to contemplate some of the changes that Esperanza undergoes.
Esperanza Rising Vocabulary
Words are presented in context and with definitions.
Primary Sources in Lesson Planning Unit Outline
This 3-week combined ELA/Social Studies unit is designed for 6th grade. Students examine primary sources, then compare events from history with events in the novel. Includes timeline, differentiation, daily lesson plans, student handouts, graphic organizer, rubric, writing task, vocabulary words. 49 pages; Adobe Reader required.