Global Conversations: Esperanza Rising

GLOBAL CONVERSATIONS: ESPERANZA RISING

21st century pen pal relationship for upper elementary school children, focused around social issues research

In this course, students participate in a video letter exchange which focuses on one early 20th-century family’s decision to emigrate to a new country from the point of view of a privileged girl while coming of age.

GLOBAL EXCHANGES
GLOBAL EXCHANGES

Video letter exchange between students in partner countries consisting of three video letters

PEN PAL RELATIONSHIP
PEN PAL RELATIONSHIP

A 21st Century pen pal relationship with a partner student in another country

FOCUS AREAS INCLUDE
FOCUS AREAS INCLUDE

Social caste systems, poverty, immigration, family relationships, family history, and other social issues

Students read and discuss Pam Muñoz Ryan’s “Esperanza Rising” alongside students in a global partner classroom. Together through video letter exchange, they discuss how family tragedy impacts families’ decisions to emigrate to new country, and how one young privileged girl, like the legendary Phoenix, is reborn out of the ashes of her old life, to rebuild a new life, in a new country. Students and their partners research and discuss how some may be empathetic, while others indifferent, and still others antagonistic towards those looking to rebuild their lives, as Esperanza comes of age.

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