We have finished Esperanza Rising! And with this accomplishment we took some time to reflect on what this story means to us. We created some interesting projects to show off our hard work with this novel. We focused on theme and central ideas of the book, those ideas that go beyond what we saw and read; those symbols, metaphors, and what it all means to us as a people.
Yeah, deep stuff.
But that's what we do in Language Arts. We take that surface information, Esperanza's situation--her journey to America, the hardships she faces--and dig deeper into what it really means. And I think we have found a good place to be with this work. We just started out this year and we are quickly working through these elements of literature, the world around us, of life. A big theme from this book? Something you will get to know well throughout your life... Change!
We will be starting this next week with a lot of change. New classes and schedules for most of you is just part of it. Much like Esperanza, we are in the early stages of change that will follow us this whole year and beyond. And change can be scary. It's not easy to start something new. We stumble. We mess up. We fail. But we also learn. We stand up and power through, stumble some more, and make the work we do mean something by the journey we take in creating it.
So, you don't have to be ready for change, but you can handle it.
This is where you can check and see a brief overview of what we have done as a class each week. My intention is to keep this up to date with happenings, assignments, trends, previews of the following week, and anything else that needs to be shared with my students and their families. I may not always get something written each week, but I will do my best to be disciplined in keeping you informed.