This unit is designed to bring together students’ knowledge about human rights and students’ work with Esperanza Rising in preparation for the performance task. In the first half of the unit, students work in groups to select an event in which human rights are threatened, and each group member chooses a character from Esperanza Rising involved in the event. Group members each plan an original monologue based on this event, from their character’s perspective—which, when put together, show multiple perspectives of the same event. Students then draft their monologue as part of the mid-unit assessment.
In the second half of the unit, students first focus on revising their monologues for use of the perfect verb tenses and task, purpose, and audience. They then shift gears to research and write a Directors’ Note to be included in their group’s program. The note explains the human right threatened by the event described in their monologues, connects the event to an article from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and explains how people are affected by the issue today. For the end of unit assessment, students answer selected-response questions about perfect verb tenses, revise their Directors’ Note for task, purpose, and audience, and for the use of verbs in the perfect tense, and they also read aloud an excerpt from Esperanza Rising for fluency. For the performance task, they publish their programs and present their monologues to an audience.