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Esperanza’s World – Teachers Guide – Groups

Esperanza’s World – Teachers Guide – Groups



 

Literature Circle Schedule and Agreements

Names of group members:

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Book: Esperanza Means Hope by Gwen Harvey

Our group will meet on these dates and agree to have read the listed pages or chapters.  Also, our role responsibilities for the meetings will be completed to the best of our abilities for each meeting.

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Literature Circle Roles for Esperanza Means Hope

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Discussion Leader and Summarizer

Role Responsibilities: Your job is to prepare thoughtful questions for your group to discuss about the assigned reading and to lead the group discussion.  Be sure that your questions do not have just a yes or no answer; instead, your questions should be ones that ask about opinions, reflections (careful thought) and reactions (emotional thought) to the story.  Three to five questions would be perfect.  Lastly, it is your job to summarize the plot or story line from the week’s assigned pages.  A paragraph of 6 – 8 sentences would be appropriate.  Think about these important habits of mind as you think about discussion questions:

  1. From whose viewpoint are we seeing or reading or hearing?
  2. How are things, events, or people connected to each other?
  3. What is the cause and the effect?
  4. What’s new and what’s old? Have we run across this idea before?
  5. So what? Why does it matter? What does it all mean?

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Esperanza Means Hope       Assigned Chapters/Pages  ________

Discussion Questions:

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Figurative Language Specialist

Role Responsibilities: Your job is to locate examples of figurative language in the assigned reading.  You should use sticky notes to mark examples as you read through the story.  When finished reading, you will identify the types of figurative language you found as imagery, metaphor, simile, or personification. You will read the figurative language examples to your group members and agree on which types of figurative language you found.  Use the definitions of figurative language to help you with this task.  Please note that there may not be examples of all types of figurative language in the assigned readings.  Share the example of figurative language you liked the best by starring it on your paper.

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Esperanza Means Hope       Assigned Chapters/Pages  ________

Simile – a comparison of nouns (people, places, things), usually considered different, using the words “like” or “as”

Simile Examples and Page Numbers:

Imagery – words that form mental pictures in the reader’s mind

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Personification – making a non-living thing appear to have human qualities or abilities

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Metaphor – a comparison of one thing to another without using “like” or “as”; the metaphor states that something is something else that it is not

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Word Definer

Role Responsibilities: Your job is to find new words that you and your lit circle group members need defined in order to understand the sentence and its meaning.  You will select five (5) words that are new from the assigned readings.  You will provide a definition for the word written in your own words and list page numbers where the word appears in the text.  Lastly, you will also use the appendix (pages 251 – 253) in the back of the book to locate meanings of Spanish and Apache language words in the readings. Do not repeat Spanish or Apache words that have appeared in previous readings; note only the new words and remind group members of the meanings of the words in English.  You can use an online or book dictionary. 

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Spanish Words

English Meanings

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New Vocabulary Words
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Historian and Timeline Creator

Role Responsibilities: Your job is to check for events or characters in the assigned readings that are based on real history or real people because Esperanza Means Hope is a historical fiction book.  That means that while the plot of the story and the conversations between characters are fiction or made-up, the events and people may be historically accurate for the time and place.  You will want to jot down the topics, people or events you come across in your assigned readings that could be researched later for additional historical facts.  Pick only three to five examples.   Lastly, you will add to the timeline already created by your lit circle group.  Pick 2- 3 events to add; write the topic, date if available, and add a picture or a few words for further explanation.

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Topic, Event, People

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Geographer and Place Locator

Role Responsibilities: Your job is to keep track of the different locations (settings) that the story takes place in your assigned reading.  You will use the maps in the book and other maps to help you.  In Part I, you will use the map on page 2 in the book to point out to literature circle members, the locations in town where the story takes place.  For Part II, you will use other maps (see list below) to track the settings of the story while on the ranch.  For Part III, you will use the map on page 218 and other maps to locate the important places near or at the fort.  Lastly, you will also lead discussions about flora and fauna and the environmental and topographical (land features) setting of the story.  Share pictures, if possible, of flora, fauna and land features.

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Specific locations where the story takes place:
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MAP RESOURCES to use from the Arizona Geography Center folder:

  • Arizona Geographic Alliance Maps
    • Important Rivers, Streams and Washes of Arizona
    • Arizona Watersheds
    • Historical Development of Arizona and New Mexico Boundaries
    • Arizona Indian Reservations
  • Biogeographic Regions – Arizona Roadside Environments (ARE)
  • Rincon Mountain Wilderness – National Park Service
  • 2011 Tucson City Map
  • 2011 Pima and Cochise County Maps

Conflict and Character Analyzer

Role Responsibilities: Your job is to analyze (study or examine closely) relationships between characters and types of conflict (struggles, tension) that take place in the story.  Think about these important essential questions as you analyze the conflict and characters in the story:

  1. What causes people to go to war with each other?
  2. Does revenge bring justice and solve problems?
  3. In what ways are all cultures similar?
  4. What causes relationships between people and between groups of people to change?
  5. Why are acceptable behaviors for girls often limited?

Types of Conflict:
Character vs. Character (i.e. father vs. son)
Character vs. Nature (i.e. boy vs. flood)
Character vs. Self (i.e. girl vs. her guilt)
Character vs. Laws or Social Customs (i.e. girl vs. proper behavior)

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Esperanza Means Hope     Assigned Chapters/Pages  _________

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Literature Circle Role Self-Evaluation

 Discussion Leader and Summarizer

My discussion questions were thoughtful, habits of mind type questions.

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As discussion leader, I kept the conversations going well.

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I participated in the book discussion with my own comments.

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My summary was big ideas, and I encouraged others to add to it.

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Figurative Language Specialist

I identified some of the figurative language in the assigned pages and read them to my team for discussion purposes.

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As the specialist, I correctly categorized the figurative language.

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I asked my teacher or team members for help when I needed it.

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I shared my favorite figurative language example and explained why I choose it.

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Word Definer

I defined five new words from the readings in my own words.

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Using the appendix in the book, I located important Spanish and Apache words and translated them.

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I shared and discussed new English, Spanish and Apache words.

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Historian and Timeline Creator

I found 3 -5 historical topics, events or people to research.

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I used accurate online or book resources for my information.

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I located three good events to add to our group timeline.

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I led a discussion about the real history in the book and shared my researched examples and timeline.

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Geographer and Place Locator

I used book maps and other maps to show my group the places in which the story took place.

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I pointed out the story settings in the right sequential order.

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I listed the flora and fauna in the story and showed pictures of some from other resources.

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I pointed out the important environmental factors and land features in the story that impacted characters.

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Conflict and Character Analyzer

My examples of character conflicts helped my group to better understand the story.

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I included discussions related to the essential questions.

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I wrote good summaries of characters’ conflicts to share.

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