Literature: "Esperanza Rising" by Pam Munoz Ryan
Find summaries and reviews of the book “Esperanza Rising” by Pam Munoz Ryan. Read the biography and an interview with the author. Learn about Mexico, the Mexican Revolution, the Great Depression, migrant workers, and labor camps. The following sites include photographs, maps, video files, a lesson plan, and a quiz.
Pam Munoz Ryan Official Web Site
This is the official web site of Pam Munoz Ryan, author of the Esperanza Rising, and other children's books. Includes author's biography, photographs, Questions and Answers.
Scholastic: Esperanza Rising
This site is a good source for teachers. Explore links at the left and read an autobiography of Pam Munoz Ryan, interview transcripts, author's notes, and more. Includes a discussion guide and a lesson plan.
Scholastic: Book Central: Esperanza Rising
Here is an opportunity for students to rate the book, submit their book reviews, and read what others kids think about the book.
Map of Mexico
This is a contemporary map of Mexico.
Mexico from Empire to Revolution
Choose Flash or HTML version of this site and search Mexican history and important events, view the timeline of the revolution, click on icons to enlarge photographs. Includes historical photographs, maps, and glossary of terms.
NOTE: The reading level is for older students.
The Border: 1910 Mexican Revolution and Immigration
Learn about the Mexican Revolution and find out how many immigrants came to America. Click on the images to enlarge them. Select the "Return to Timeline" link then click on the "Interactive Timeline" or "Text Timeline" to learn about historical facts.
PBS: Roots in the Sand
Find information about the immigration of Punjabi-Mexican families to California based on the "Roots in the Sand" documentary. Learn about difficult conditions and the life of California migrant workers. Includes stories of several families, photographs, and maps. Click on the "Out Takes" link to view video files.
Learn the history of one California camp where migrant workers came during the the Great Depression. Includes families' stories and authentic photographs.
A Photo Essay on the Great Depression
View photographs from the Great Depression and read the descriptions to envision that period of American history. Click on the "Return to The Great Depression" link for more information about that time.
eThemes Resource: Country: Mexico
Learn about the culture, cuisine, celebrations, and symbols of Mexico. Listen to the pronunciation of Spanish words.
eThemes Resource: Decade: 1930-1939
These sites are about the history and events of the 1930s. Learn more about the causes and effects of the Great Depression. There are many primary documents, including oral histories, photographs, newspaper articles, and audio files. Also includes maps and timelines.
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