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Historical Fiction: Setting Study through Primary Sources of the Novel Esperanza Rising

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This two-day lesson is based on students acquiring a better understanding of the effects the Great Depression had on migrant workers and their children as portrayed in the novel: Esperanza Rising. The use of photographs, as primary sources, will support understanding of this time period, as well as provoking oral discussion among English Language Learner students. As a summative assessment, students are asked to write a paragraph explaining their increased understanding of the time period through the use of primary source documents. Woven throughout the lesson are modifications to assist and benefit all students. Also included in the lesson is a Universal Design for Learning Chart and extensive role and differentiation recommendations for special education staff.


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3-5, 6-8
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