Esperanza Rising

HF Project By Connor zaminski

Connor's Historical Fiction Spotlight on History

  • Spotlight on History

    Tuesday February 11




    • Design a creative headline for this category

    Fifty cents a day


    • Identify three to six facts from the story that the author uses to help us understand what life was like during this time period.

    Mama said papa came home on a carriage with horses pulling it. (1924)

    People worked for pennies a day.( 1924)

    They had to light their lamps. (1924)

    Everything that had to do with farming was done by hand

    • Share the passage from the story (using quotes and page numbers), and tell how this passage connects to the time period.


    But before Marta and Ada could retrieve their groceries, a campesino family coming from the opposite direction approached them. The children were dirty and skinny. The mother held an infant who was crying. "Do you have any food so I can feed my family," said the father? We were thrown out of our camp because I was striking. My family has not eaten in two days. There are too many people coming into the valley each day who work for pennies. Yesterday I worked all day and made less than 50 cents and I cannot buy food for one day with that. (p. 194)


    As you can see, people during this period worked for pennies a day. Today, the minimum wage is $8 an hour.

Connor's Historical Fiction Story's Place in Time


Story’s Place in Time

DUE Wednesday, February 18th




  • Identify 5 to 8 important historical events that occurred between the setting of your book and the present day.

1The British submarine L-34 sinks in 1924

2 World War 2 1939-1945

3 Calvin Coolidge becomes the first President of the United States to deliver a radio broadcast from the White House 1924

4 The Castle Gate mine disaster kills 172 coal miners United States 1924

5 Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. 1969

6 George Mallory and Andrew Irvine are last seen "going strong for the top" of Mount Everest 1924

7 Robert Kennedy was assassinated in 1968



The British submarine L-34 sinks in the English Channel; 43 are killed in 1924

The Castle Gate mine disaster kills 172 coal miners in Utah, United States 1924

George Mallory and Andrew Irvine are last seen "going strong for the top" of Mount Everest by teammate Noel Odell .The two mountaineers are never seen alive again. 1924

Calvin Coolidge becomes the first President of the United States to deliver a radio broadcast from the White House 1924

World war 2 1939-1945

Robert Kennedy was assassinated in 1968 June 6

Neil Armstrong was the first man to step on the moon 1969


  • Include a short description of each event.

On 10th January HMS Resolution, a 29,000-ton battleship, left Portland bound for the exercise. After several hours at sea a lookout on board the Resolution reported a disturbance on the surface ahead and at 11:13 a slight bump was felt. L24 was shortly afterwards reported missing and salvage vessels were dispatched to the area.


The Castle Gate mine disaster occurred on March 8, 1924, in a coal mine near the town of Castle Gate, Utah. All the 171 mine workers were killed in a series of three violent explosions. - See more at: http://www.thisdayinhistory.in/history/461/the-castle-gate-mine-disaster-kills-172-coal-miners-near-castle-gate-utah.html#sthash.lJ5Cwaq1.dpuf


George Mallory and Andrew Irvine are last seen "going strong for the top" of Mount Everest by teammate Noel Odell .The two mountaineers are never seen alive again. 1924

World War 2 was marked by mass deaths of civilians, including the Holocaust and the first use of nuclear weapons in combat. It resulted in an estimated 50 million to 85 million fatalities. This made World War II the deadliest conflict in human history.

Robert Kennedy was assassinated in 1968 June 6

Neil Armstrong was the first man to step foot on the moon. When he was there he collected rocks and took photos. 1969


I wanted to learn more about Robert Kennedy's assassination and this is what I found. Shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968, presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was shot three times by Palestinian immigrant Sirhan Sirhan after giving a speech at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Robert Kennedy died of his wounds 26 hours later. Robert Kennedy's assassination later led to Secret Service protection for all future major presidential candidates. As recently as 2008, eyewitness John Pilger asserted his belief that there must have been a second gunman. During a re-examination of the case in 1975, the Los Angeles Superior Court ordered expert examination of the possibility of a second gun having been used.


Connor's HF Book Summary 2014

Will all hope be lost?

Esperanza Rising By Pam Munoz Ryan
The story, Esperanza Rising, begins in Aguascalientes, Mexico on her family's vineyard then ends in the San Joaquin Valley, California at a workers' camp on a farm. There are 6 main characters: Esperanza, a school age girl; her Mama; her Grandma, Abuelita; her two uncles Luis and Alfonso; and Miguel. The main conflict is her two uncles Luis and Alfonso stole her family's money and burned down their home. Esperanza and her mom lost everything. The climax is that they had to flee the vineyard with their servants and come to America to work. Unfortunately they had to leave her grandma behind because she was injured. The resolution was that they earned enough money to pay for her Grandma to come and live with them.



Papa is dead. Toi Luis has burned down the house. Will all hope be lost?

Esperanza Rising By Pam Munoz Ryan The main characters are Esperanza, Mama, Abuelita, Toi Alfonso, Toi Luis, and Miguel. The story takes place in Mexico and America.

No money, no home, no father, fleeing to America, that is the life Esperanza is living. Esperanza, the main character, is going through a lot because she and her mom have lost their father, their home and their money in Mexico. The conflict is character vs. character, Esperanza and her mom v.s. her two uncles. They lost their home and money because of Toi Luis and Toi Alfonso, Esperanza's uncles. Esperanza and her mom have to flee to America to work. In America, Esperanza is having to work hard labor, farming. In Mexico, she was spoiled, never having to work a day in her life. She went to private school. She had fancy dresses and servants. Now she has to work in the fields for hours a day to get the least pay possible.
Esperanza, mama, Miguel and many others have to flee to America but Abuelita is left behind! In the story, the climax was that her grandma (Abuelita) was left in Mexico. Esperanza, mama and servants have to work so that they can earn enough money to bring her to America. But then her mother gets very sick, with pneumonia and can't work. Esperanza is unable to visit her in the hospital because she is very contagious. Unfortunately, it takes them longer than expected to bring Abuelita to America because mama is not working. The resolution is when Miguel surprises everyone by bringing Abuelita to America.