Pam Munoz Ryan’s novel “Esperanza Rising” tells the story of a family who leaves a life of privilege in Mexico for a migrant worker camp in California. Historical events, like the Mexican Revolution, the Great Depression and the 1930s Mexican Repatriation Program, serve as the basis for this moving story of migration, personal growth and the American Dream.
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Ellis Island is the symbol of our immigrant nation. For millions of Americans, it was where their immigrant ancestors entered the United States. Immigration built our nation, immigrants peopled it, and their descendants remember their immigrant past with pride. But few Americans know what their ancestors went through. Navigating Ellis Island was the final hurdle immigrants faced before becoming American and starting their next big journey.
These levels of listening complexity can help teachers choose stories for their students. The levels do not relate to the content of the story, but to the complexity of the vocabulary, sentence structure and language in the audio story.
These stories are easier to understand and are a good starting point for elementary students or English learners.
These stories have an average language challenge for middle and high school students, and can be scaffolded for English learners.
These stories have challenging vocabulary and language and students may need to have some background knowledge to understand the story.