I thought this was a good image to share with you as we begin our journey with the novel Esperanza Rising. I will for sure give you a framework of which to begin your understanding, but I really want you to be the ones who find out what is important in a story. We will focus on plot structure, on symbolism, on metaphor, on character, on Esperanza's transformation, but what that means, the impact that it has, the message it leaves, that's up to you.
We started out this story with an emphasis on character and plot, but as we progress, as we begin our literature circle discussions, what we discuss, what we deem most important, is completely up to you. When I hand over the teaching to you, you get more out of it. So, get ready to not only learn, but also to teach.
Thanks for the awesome time this week. I am so very excited to get deeper into this novel and to watch all of you learn and transform right alongside Esperanza.
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.