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.

6th grade Health students will be participating in fitness activities every Friday.  Students have been issued their own lock and locker for their fitness belongings in the locker room.  It is important for students to have appropriate clothes to use for Fitness Fridays.  Please make sure these clothes are being washed at least once per week.  If possible, it would be great for students to have an extra stick of deodorant for their locker room locker!

Part of each student’s grade will be based on their participation in Fitness Fridays.  If a student does not have their own clothes to wear, clothes will be provided for them to borrow for the class period.  However, if a student’s shoes are not safe for physical activity, they may have to sit out and this will affect their grade.  Please contact me if you have questions or concerns about Fitness Friday requirements.