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Esperanza Rising Project due November 16 You may choose one of the following five options to complete for your final project. It is important that you read and complete your project thoroughly. Make your choice and let your teacher know by Friday, November 5. Option 1 – Journal Although the author, Pam Munoz-Ryan, has created a very detailed account of what it must have been like living in the migrant labor camps, we will never truly know what it was like until we spend a little time there ourselves. This purpose of this activity is to make you think exactly what it must have been like to grow up in a labor camp during the early part of the twentieth century (and maybe even today). Your task is to create a journal of at least 20 entries that detail the experiences that Esperanza may have had in the camp. Be sure to use incidents from the book as guides for your journal, and make sure that each of your entries is at least half of a page long. Additionally, feel free to create an artistic cover page that may reflect Esperanza's love of her homeland. Example below: Day 1 We arrived in the San Joaquin Valley today, and Mama was very happy to have found work and a home in which to stay. From what I can gather, it is not so much work as it is slave- labor, and the home is nothing more than four flimsy pieces of wood held together by a rickety roof. I cannot understand why Mama is so happy with this place, it is not half as good as the quarters that we had for our servants back in Mexico. Although the weather is nice, the smell of filth fills the air. I miss the wonderful fields of my home, and most of all, I miss my Abuelita. I keep telling Mama that I want to go home, but her only response is that we are home. I miss my friends to because everybody here seems so unclean that I think that I will never fit in. I do not think that I am going to like living here. Option 2 – “Wanted” Poster Many fliers with similar wording were distributed throughout Mexico in the late 1800's and early 1900's, enticing Mexicans to move north and work for next-to-nothing in the produce industry. Your task is to create a poster of at least ten inches by sixteen inches, in which you provide a similar message to the people of Mexico. Your goal is to entice them to move from the friendly confines of Mexico into the San Joaquin Valley and work for you. Be sure to include many reasons as to why a move to California would benefit a Mexican citizen and his or her family, and include either pictures or artwork of something that would be visually pleasing to a Mexican worker thinking of relocating. Example below: WANTED! Hardworking, migrant workers from Mexico are invited to come to the prosperous San Joaquin Valley in California for good friends, good times, and most importantly, good jobs. Let the Arvin Camp provide you with the opportunity for you to support your family during these tough economic times. Escape the troubling political climate in Mexico and join us in North America's land of opportunity! Bring your whole family and we will provide a fantastic home in which to live at a discounted rate. 1000's of jobs available, work will be found for all comers! Option 3 – CD We have come across many symbols in Esperanza Rising, one of which is the rose that Alfonso and Miguel brought with them from Mexico. It can be used to not only symbolize the love that Esperanza's father had for her, but can also be used to symbolize the blooming of a relationship between Esperanza and Miguel, as well as many other things. Although most of the symbols in Esperanza Rising are objects, a wonderful medium for symbolism is that of music. Often times, songs are created as symbols for events in people's lives. For example, the singer-songwriter Seal composed a song entitled Kiss From a Rose, and in that song, a rose symbolizes the beauty that is new love. If we were to take that same song and apply it to Esperanza Rising, we could use it as a symbol for the growth of something beautiful amongst a sea of gray. Your assignment is to find other songs that could serve as symbolic to events or individuals in Esperanza Rising. Look at musicians who sing songs of protest, like Rage Against The Machine, Bob Marley and P.O.D., but also look at everyday music. We often listen to songs hundreds of times before recognizing the lyrics. You should find at least twelve songs, but no more than twenty songs. Once you have found all of the songs that you are going to use, you will create a CD jacket to go on the inside of the CD jewel case. This jacket will contain all of the following information for each of the songs; song title, song performed by, song written by, as well as the song lyrics and a brief explanation of how it relates to Esperanza Rising. It should look something like this: KISS FROM A ROSE - Written and Performed by Seal Baby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the gray. Ooh, the more I get of you Stranger it feels, yeah Now that your rose is in bloom. A light hits the gloom on the gray, I've been kissed by a rose on the gray, This song can be symbolic of many things such as the I've been kissed by a rose on the gray, rose (Esperanza) blooming in spite of the gray And if I should fall, at all surroundings in which it has been forced to live. I've been kissed by a rose on the gray. The CD package will be graded on content and appearance. Artistic values are an important part of this assignment. The package should be comparable to other CD packages that are currently on the market. The assignment will be based on overall presentation, artistic value, contextual value, neatness, thoroughness and your contribution to the project. Option 4 – Comic Strip Draw an eight panel (or longer) comic strip to summarize the events of your book. Remember that a comic strip does not have to be humorous; the tone of the strip should be appropriate to the tone of the book. Captions must be related to the scenes and the book, and the connections must be easy to understand. The main characters should be clearly identified, and their actions and dialogue should match their actions and dialogue in the book. Option 5 – Create a Sequel- For this creative writing assignment, you are to think about how Esperanza Rising ended and imagine either an alternate ending or a sequel to the book. This should be written as though you are writing the story. You should use dialogue and description; do not tell what you think would happen—write about it as if it actually happens. You must: make it clear if you are writing an alternate ending or a sequel, give your chapter or book a name, use characters and information from Esperanza Rising, explain what happens to each of the characters in the end or after the story has ended, explain how any problems are solved, describe the characters and what happens, be creative in thinking about what you would change or where you think the story would go after the point the author ended, use proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
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