Title: Esperanza Rising
Citation: Ryan, P. M. (2000). Esperanza Rising (1st ed.). New York: Scholastic Press.
Annotation: Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their privileged life in Mexico and move to California where they are forced to work in a labor camp. In this book they must learn to adapt to the harsh Circumstances of living in the camp during the Great Depression. This book won the Pura Belpre Award for best narrative in 2002. This award is given to a Latino/ Latina author who has written a book that celebrates, portrays, or affirms the Latino cultural experience.
Genre: Fictional Narrative chapter book
Grade Level: 3rd grade- 5th grade
Readers who would like this book: Readers would like to read this book if they like to read books about other cultures or other times.
Rating and Response: I would give this book a 10. I really enjoyed this book and found it to be very interesting.
Text Dependent Question: What does the name Esperanza mean? How does her name relate to the story?
Reading Strategy- Organized Clusters
In this strategy children are drawing reading maps. The children put the book name in the middle and then make rays to some main ideas in the book, then off of those circles are more rays pointing to some details that follow the main idea. I choose this strategy for this book because this book is full of main ideas and details so it will provide students with many examples for their maps.