Reading/ Home Room

Students received progress grade reports during 7th period yesterday to bring home.  Please check in with your students to see these grade reports which show their grades for all classes as of Wednesday, October 14th.  If they misplaced the report, you may also log in to Home Access Center and see assignments and grades anytime.  If you have trouble logging in, contact the Cascade office for assistance.

9780030663512_lAs we begin our reading of Esperanza Rising, students will begin to have some reading assignments to complete at home.  Please be checking student planners and encouraging students to find a quiet time to complete their reading homework.

In preparation for reading this novel, we have completed a brief study of the history of Mexico and the situation between wealthy landowners and poor farmers in the early 1900’s.  If you or any family members have any historical knowledge or connections with Mexico, it would be wonderful to hear from you!  Leave a comment on this post below!

This week we will begin our class novel study of Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan.  The novel is set in the early 1900’s, and the plot takes place in Mexico and the United States.  We will begin our unit with some background study of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and Mexican and American history at that time.

Ryan uses the experiences of her own Mexican grandmother as the basis for her story of immigration and change.  Esperanza is turning 13 when her entire way of life is challened.  She and her mother must move away from the life of comfort they have known to enter a new country and endure new hardships. Esperanza unwillingly enters a world where she is no longer a princess but a worker. Set against the Depression, with class issues honestly portrayed, the story of Esperanza unfolds as she remakes herself and embraces  her new life.

Throughout our novel study, students will read, write and discuss many literary elements including plot and story maps, characterization, themes, and obtain new vocabulary.