Esperanza Rising: An Instructional Guide for Literature provides lesson plans and activities for this award-winning literary work. This valuable resource guides teachers with ways to add rigor with complex literature. Text-dependent questions help students analyze the text with higher-order thinking skills, with lessons focused on story elements and vocabulary. Close reading activities throughout the literature units encourages students to use textual evidence as they revisit passages to respond more critically. With various methods of assessing comprehension, this instructional guide offers strategies for cross-curricular activities as students build a greater understanding of this great literary work.