Esperanza Rising Glossary

By: Elizabeth, Rachel, Jorge, Jordy, Eduardo, and A.J.

Our group had the task of creating a glossary to explain the importance of the words from the story, Esperanza Rising. Esperanza Rising includes many words that had to do with field workers and their struggles.

English Words

Valley Fever ( la fiebre del valle ) - Valley fever is a disease of humans and animals caused by inhaling fungi found in dry soils. Valley fever is important to the book because Esperanza's mom gets valley fever after a dust storm. This is important because it changes how Esperanza acts.


All the words in Esperanza Rising are meaningful and important. These words all connected to field working, which was a big theme in the book. Esperanza Rising taught us a lot about another language and the word's meanings.