Pam Muñoz Ryan Author Study
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage by studying Pam Munoz Ryan, the Hispanic American author of Esperanza Rising, Becoming Naomi Leon, Paint the Wind, The Dreamer, and other books.
Start your author study by reading a short biography of Pam Munoz Ryan and reading her books. Then use the activities and lessons below to teach with of her most popular books. For more information about Ryan and her books, visit Pam Munoz Ryan's website.
Pam Muñoz Ryan Book Activities
Pam Muñoz Ryan draws on the rich cultural heritage of her family background, as well as important segments of American history, to create memorable books that are exciting to read, and that depict strong human values.
Use these discussion questions and activities to teach about the lives and times of Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt.
This award-winning novel about a young girl caught in the middle of family conflicts provides an opportunity to teach how a character changes and grows as she learns lessons about life and herself. Students will engage in activities including mapping a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, learning Spanish and English cognates, and exploring the meaning of their own names.
Booktalk for The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan, Illustrated by Peter Sis
Explore Pablo Neruda's childhood as told by Pam Munoz Ryan in her Pura Belpre Award-winning novel, The Dreamer.
Honor the American flag with this extension activity that accompanies the book The Flag We Love by Pam Munoz Ryan.
Charley Parker was a legendary stagecoach driver, an unbeatable horse handler, and the first woman to vote in the United States! How did it happen, and why did Charlotte Parker decide to become Charley?
Teaching Esperanza Rising
Use the beloved novel Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan as inspiration to improve students' writing skills. Students use story starters and historical fiction journal writing as a background.
Use these questions as writing prompts and to enhance discussions about Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan.
"Esperanza" means hope, and hope is what Esperanza needs, to help her rise above the wreckage of her life in Mexico, and learn to survive in the hardscrabble fields of California.
Vocabulary Boosters for teaching Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan.
This guide features guided student questions with answers provided for an instructor. Thirteen-year-old Esperanza's world changes completely when she and her mother are forced to leave their comfortable life in Mexico and work in a labor camp in California.
This Flashlight Readers activity uses the novel Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan, as inspiration to improve student's writing skills.
Students will engage in researching the history of farm workers, writing a book blog, and creating a book of personal proverbs. This award-winning novel provides the opportunity to teach students to analyze character through text quotes and to use adjectives to describe character traits.