Unit: Esperanza Rising

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Unit Description

During this unit, scholars will be reading the novel Esperanza Rising and analyzing the events and characters throughout. Students will work to answer the essential question: What forces a character to change and grow? This unit focuses on looking at surprising and important events as well as analyzing character reactions and thinking about what they reveal about the character. In additon, students will be discussing character feelings in response to people, and events, and analyzing character strengths and flaws.

Lessons

Lesson 1-Analyzing Characters Resources: 3

SWBAT analyze the Mexican proverbs that begin our new novel and determine the meaning behind them. SWBAT identify the characters in the novel and characterize them based on proof from the text of their actions, words, or thoughts.

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Lesson 2-Analyzing Esperanza Resources: 5

SWBAT collect and record the thoughts and words of Esperanza in order to write a narrative journal entry.

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Lesson 3-Internal/External Reponses to Conflict Resources: 2

SWBAT define what an internal and an external response to a conflict is. SWBAT identify and record protagonist internal and external responses to conflicts

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Lesson 4-Symbolism Resources: 2

SWBAT define symbolism. SWBAT create meaning to symbols within our text. SWBAT discuss and debate why they think the author included the use of the fruits as symbols throughout this story. SWBAT identify and record Esperanza’s internal and external responses if more practice is needed after yesterday’s lesson.

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Lesson 5-Literary Conflicts Resources: 2

SWBAT identify the four types of conflict that can occur. SWBAT identify conflicts the Esperanza encounters in the next chapter of the novel. SWBAT analyze the conflicts to determine which type of conflict it is.

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Lesson 6- Tracking Character Changes from Mistakes/Misunderstandings Resources: 2

SWBAT track and record character change over time following mistakes, misunderstandings and lessons learned.

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Lesson 7-Conflicts & Surprises Resources: 2

SWBAT identify important events in the text that expose a conflict or surprise on the part of Esperanza. SWBAT explain why an event is important in the text and what it teaches them about the character.

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Lesson 8-Conflicts and Surprises Part 2 Resources: 2

SWBAT identify important events in the text that expose a conflict or surprise on the part of Esperanza. SWBAT explain why an event is important in the text and what it teaches them about the character. SWBAT identify 3 of the most important events in a chapter based on character experience.

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Lesson 9-Connections to Character Feelings Resources: 2

SWBAT make personal connections to a character’s feelings.

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Lesson 10-Changing Perceptions Resources: 2

SWBAT analyze events, feelings, and character reactions, in order to identify how they perceive a character, specifically what they admire or do not admire about them. SWBAT compare and contrast how they perceive Esperanza from the beginning of the novel to the current point in the novel.

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Lesson 11-Character Traits Resources: 2

SWBAT analyze a character’s thoughts, words, and actions to help choose personality traits that describe the protagonist. SWBAT identify and utilize textual evidence to support the personality traits they choose to describe the protagonist.

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Lesson 12-Character Flaws Resources: 2

SWBAT analyze the protagonist’s responses to problems from the past and so far in the story and use those experiences to identify the character’s flaws. (what holds a character back from being successful)

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Lesson 13-Character Strengths Resources: 2

SWBAT analyze the protagonist’s responses to problems from the past and so far in the story and use those experiences to identify the character’s strengths and changes over time.

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Audiobook & Final Assessment Resources: 5

Attached are the 4 files that include the entire audiobook for Esperanza Rising. There is also the final assssment for the Esperanza Rising Unit.

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Unit Resources

LP-Lesson 1-Esperanza Rising-Meeting the Characters.docx  
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LP-Lesson 2-Esperanza Thoughts-Words-Actions.docx  
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LP-Lesson 3-Esperanza External-Internal response.docx  
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CW-Esperanza Rising-Lesson 1-Proverbs Hook.docx  
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LP-Lesson 1-Esperanza Rising-Meeting the Characters.docx  
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CW-Esperanza Rising-Lesson 2-Thoughts-words-actions.docx  
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LP-Lesson 2-Esperanza Thoughts-Words-Actions.docx  
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CW-Esperanza-Lesson 1-2-Character chart Esperanza.docx  
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LP-Lesson 3-Esperanza External-Internal response.docx  
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CW-Taking a Look at the Characters-Ch. 1-Esperanza.docx  
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CW-Thoughts,words,actions esperanza shoes-Part 2--leading to trait.docx  
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HW-Esperanza-Lesson 2-Esperanza's Journal Exemplar.doc  
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HW-Esperanza-Lesson 2-Esperanza's Journal Student Sheet.doc  
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CW-Esperanza Rising-Chapter 4 Higos.docx  
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HW-Esperanza-Lesson 2-Journal Entry Requirements.docx  
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