February Tween Book Club: Esperanza Rising
Esperanza thought she’d always live a privileged life on her family’s ranch in Mexico. She’d always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home filled with servants, and Mama, Papa, and Abuelita to care for her. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California and settle in a Mexican farm labor camp. Esperanza isn’t ready for the hard work, financial struggles brought on by the Great Depression, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When Mama gets sick and a strike for better working conditions threatens to uproot their new life, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances-because Mama’s life, and her own, depend on it.
The purchase of the online class component includes the following book specific resources:
- * A suggested reading schedule
- * A PDF reading guide with comprehension questions
- * Vocabulary activities
- * Discussion board posts in our online classroom
- * Writing/multimodal project prompts related to the reading
- * An invitation to a live discussion
- * A recording of the summary of the live discussion
What Makes SEA Online Classes Special
Month-Long Online Classroom Experience with a 1-hour live session near the end of the month.
Live session scheduled for Thursday, February 25 from 10-11am Central. Video summary available for those who cannot attend.
Suggested Age Range: 9-12
$10 for 1 Month
$35 for 1 Month with Feedback
All participants will need to secure their own copy of the book. Used, borrowed, or electronic versions are all acceptable.
For live session: A webcam and microphone are recommended.
For participation throughout the book club: A Google Drive account is required to submit some assignments. Discussion boards will take place over Discord. Parent permission is required for use of Discord for students under the age of 13. Those who do not wish to use Discord may still participate in discussions via the comment feature in our classroom. Both Google Drive and Discord accounts can be
Participants can participate as much as works for their schedules and interest level. There will be opportunities for ongoing discussions, vocabulary activities, and additional resources to explore. Between reading the book and participating in supplemental activities, participants can expect to spend between 1 and 3 hours a week on class activities. Those who choose to do the final project (with or without the feedback add-on) can expect to spend 4-5 additional hours on that project.
The book club discussion boards and live discussion are extemporaneous and therefore somewhat unpredictable. Facilitators will do their best to ensure positive, supportive interactions.
Families are encouraged to check reviews and content notes for each individual book in the book club to ensure it is a good fit for them.