Tuesday March 21st


Learning Targets: I will understand how to properly use a comma in a list.

I can use evidence to show how Esperanza is changing in the chapter.

Today, students began class by reviewing their Greek and Latin assignment that they completed yesterday. Students then reviewed how to use commas in a series. Students have a homework assignment on this topic tonight: Commas 1

Students also continued their Esperanza Rising text-based questions. Today, students answered the following questions:

3.) On page 163, what did the doctor mean when he said that Mama was depressed? Cite evidence from the text to support your answer.

4.) The chapter starts: “Esperanza almost never left Mama’s side,” and it ends with Esperanza saying: “Don’t worry. I will take care of everything. I will be la patrona for the family now.” How has Esperanza changed in this chapter, and what does it mean to be la patrona? Cite specific evidence from the text to support your answer.

(Block One) 5.) What did the author mean when she wrote on page 176, “Isabel had nothing, but she also had everything. Esperanza wanted what she had”? How is this different from the way Esperanza acted when they first moved to California? Provide evidence from the text to support your answer.

Today in both classes, we also talked about how people can unintentionally hurt each other with words in and out of school. Students came up with examples:

  • Making a joke and accidentally hurts someone’s feelings
  • Laughing at someone’s inability to do something
  • Talking about a sleepover with a group of friends in front of someone who was not there
  • Saying “That’s Racist” when it has nothing to do with race.

We stopped to discuss how saying “That’s Racist” as a joke can be extremely harmful, and belittle actually racism that people experience. We talked about what to do if you feel that someone is saying something that actually is racist, and we talked about school expectations and how that is not acceptable in any place at school. Students brought up the word ‘microaggression’ and we talked more about what this word means. Microaggressions are defined as behaviors or statements that do not necessarily reflect malicious intent but which nevertheless can inflict insult or injury. Students may want to talk more about this topic at home, and I wanted to let you know what we discussed today.

Thank you for reading!

Homework: Commas 1, also look for this invitation for more information about specific dates and times for service learning presentations: Service Learning Invitation

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