In this third unit, students will continue to apply what they have learned about human rights by creating scripts for a Readers Theater performance. This unit emphasizes the Reading Literature and Writing Narratives strands of the NYSP12 ELA CCLS. Students analyze and select passages of Esperanza Rising connected to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for the purpose of developing and performing their own Readers Theater scripts.
In the first half of the unit, students will learn about Readers Theater by reading informational texts and also examining a variety of Readers Theater scripts. They will reread sections of the novel and study and perform a Readers Theater script written by the novel’s author.
For the mid-unit assessment, students will evaluate the strengths and limitations of novels and theater scripts in terms of how well each genre engages its audience.
In the second half of this unit, students collaborate to write their own Readers Theater script. They will work in small groups to select passages (from multiple chapters) of Esperanza Rising that reflect characters’ experiences with human rights challenges. After learning writing techniques such as dialogue, each student will write a section of a script based on the passage the group selected. This script section will serve as the on-demand end of unit assessment; students also will write a justification to explain how the passage their group selected relates to a specific article from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Then students will work in their small group to combine their script sections, with a focus on clear transitions. Students will then revise and practice their scripts for a final performance task, in which they perform their Readers Theater scripts for peers. (As an optional extension, students also could perform for their school and community.)