Esperanza Rising Teacher's Guide
This Flashlight Readers session uses the novel as inspiration to improve student's writing skills.
- Grades: 6–8
About this book
Students enjoy reading Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan because of her effective writing style, lyrical prose, and beautiful imagery. This Flashlight Readers session uses the novel as inspiration to improve student's writing skills. They will use story starters and historical fiction journal writing as a background for this development.
- Combine elements of a fictional story to create a visual representation of a scene from Esperanza Rising
- Choose a story starter to begin writing a story in the form of a dramatic or narrative piece
- Use digital resources to explore the life of an author and how she finds her purpose for writing
- Write a short narrative based on an interview or personal experience
- View nonprint resources to establish a historical setting for a piece of writing
- Write a journal entry from the point of view of someone who lives in a different time period
- Publish their writing online
Lesson Plans for this Unit
Lesson 1: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words
Lesson 3: Pam Muñoz Ryan Shares Writing Secrets