UNDERSTANDING THEMES IN ESPERANZA RISING
This lesson goes into more depth on the concept of theme, which was briefly touched on in Lesson 6. Students may not have time in Part B of work time to address all four central “big metaphors” (symbols) and their thematic significance. This is fine; students will return to this idea in future lessons. Be sure to save 10 minutes for students to prepare for the Mid-Unit 2 Assessment, which will occur in Lesson 9.
This lesson uses the “big metaphors” as a more student-friendly way to begin to think about the central symbols in the novel. Feel free to introduce the concept of a “symbol” if appropriate for your students. (See teaching note in Lesson 6.)