Immigrant Archive Project

The Immigrant Archive Project is a really neat website that I found through the Esperanza Teacher's Guide. It contains pages upon pages of videos of immigrants to the United States telling their stories. The possibilities for classroom use of this site are endless! The activity that is published in Chapter 9 of the Esperanza's Teacher's … Continue reading Immigrant Archive Project

Esperanza, Chapter 10 and Epilogue

Students made predictions as to how the novel would end. They wrote them on scrap slips of paper and turned them in, and I shared them with the class. We discussed the before-reading discussion questions from the Teacher's Guide. I read the chapter aloud to my students, and they followed along in their books. Students … Continue reading Esperanza, Chapter 10 and Epilogue

Esperanza, Chapter 9

We began with the Immigrant Archive Project activity from the Teacher's Guide. The activity is AWESOME, and my students loved exploring more biographies on their own. Just beware that the site has changed since the guide was published, and there is now a search feature AND Augusto Francisco's biography is no longer on the site. … Continue reading Esperanza, Chapter 9

Esperanza, Chapter 8

Discuss the before-reading discussion questions in the Teacher's Guide Read the story aloud as students listen. As they listen, have them draw murals to map out the action and locations in this chapter. Next, have them put their murals aside and read the chapter in a small group. With their small group, have students complete … Continue reading Esperanza, Chapter 8

A las tres – Los Enanitos

This is a beautiful, sad song about the life of an immigrant that lives and works alone (presumably in the US) for many years to provide for his wife and son that live in another country. The music video, as you can see, tells the story visually even without understanding the lyrics, and so … Continue reading A las tres – Los Enanitos

Esperanza Chapters 4, 5, and 6

WOh me oh my I've gotten behind on my blogging! Here are the plans that I used for Esperanza Chapters 4-6: CHAPTER 4 We interpreted these two examples of Esperanza's family tree and my own family tree as an expansion of the pre-reading activity found in the Teacher's Guide. Students create their own family tree with written … Continue reading Esperanza Chapters 4, 5, and 6