Esperanza Rising Symbol Square

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Esperanza Rising Symbol

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Activity Overview


Themes, symbols, and motifs come alive when you use a storyboard. In this activity, students will identify a theme, symbol, or motif from the novel and design an image or scene as illustration. Below each square, they should explain their scene’s significance. The example storyboard discusses the symbolism behind Papa’s roses. Other symbols, themes, and motifs include the following:


Themes

  • The importance of family
  • Hope and perseverance through hard times
  • The injustice of prejudice
  • The true wealth of love and friendship

Symbols

  • Esperanza’s birthday doll
  • The name Esperanza (meaning “hope”)
  • The blanket Abuelita begins and Esperanza finishes

Motifs

  • Plants, crops, and the earth
  • Crocheting

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that identifies and explains one symbol from the text.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Type in the symbol in the title box.
  3. Illustrate an example of the symbol.
  4. In the description box, describe the importance of the symbol.
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