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Activity Overview


Storyboarding is an excellent way to show character development over time. Esperanza changes greatly in response to the many challenges she faces throughout the book. Students can create storyboards to compare and contrast Esperanza’s character qualities at the beginning and end of the book. Have students depict a scene from the beginning of the novel that shows a contrasting character trait from a scene later in the novel. Below each scene, students can explain the character quality that Esperanza demonstrates through her thoughts, words, or actions.

An alternative way of addressing this character development could be to create a cause and effect storyboard, using the left column of the T-chart to illustrate the cause that leads to the character development depicted on the right.


Esperanza Rising Character Evolution

BeginningEnd
When Esperanza is traveling on the train to Los Angeles, she selfishly refuses to allow a little girl to touch her doll. She thinks the little girl is too poor and dirty. After she grows to know and love Isabel, Esperanza selflessly gives away her precious birthday doll from Papa.
On El Rancho de las Rosas, Esperanza dislikes crocheting and complains that it is boring. After Mama falls ill, Esperanza spends her rare free time crocheting Abuelita's blanket as a sign of love for Mama. Esperanza has learned patience.
At the beginning of the book, Esperanza tells Miguel that she and he stand on different sides of the river, referring to her high social position and his low one. When Miguel tries to hold her hand in a friendly way, Esperanza pulls away. By the end of the book, Esperanza appreciates Miguel as her equal. She reaches out to hold his hand while they listen to the earth's heartbeat.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 5 (Advanced / Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group

Type of Activity: Character Development

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/1] Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/3] Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/1] Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/3] Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot)
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/1] Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/3] Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Depict contrasting moments in the novel, to show how Esperanza changes over the course of the book.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. On the left-hand side, depict a scene from early in the novel in which Esperanza demonstrates a trait and explain how she does so.
  3. On the right-hand side, depict a scene from later in the novel in which Esperanza demonstrates a contrasting trait and explain how she does so.


Rubric

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Character Evolution and Analysis
Characters tend to change or evolve with events that happen in the plot of a story. Create a storyboard that shows how a main character changes over the course of the story.
Proficient
33 Points
Emerging
25 Points
Beginning
17 Points
Character Evolution Traits and Analysis
The character traits conveyed in the examples are correct and the examples demonstrate a clear change in the character from the beginning to the end of the book.
Most of the character traits conveyed in the examples are correct and most examples demonstrate a clear change in the character from the beginning to the end of the book.
Several character traits are not accurate to the character or poorly demonstrated through the example given. The storyboard does not accurately show evolution of a character.
Artistic Depictions
The images match the events described in the text box. The student has demonstrated effort and creativity in selecting character and setting details that reveal important qualities of the character.
Most images match the events described in the text box. The student has used some graphic details to reveal important qualities of the character.
The images do not match the events in the text box. The student has made little or no attempt to adapt the graphics to demonstrate character traits.
Effort and Editing
Work is complete, thorough, and neat. Spelling and grammar are correct.
Most of the sections of the storyboard were at least attempted and work is presentable. The text contains some errors in spelling and/or grammar.
Storyboard is unfinished and/or disorganized. The text contains many errors in spelling and/or grammar.




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