Pam Muñoz Ryan Author Study
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage by studying Pam Munoz Ryan, the Hispanic American author of Esperanza Rising.
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 do an in-depth study of her most popular books. For more information about Ryan and her books, visit Pam Munoz Ryan's Web site .
Then watch our June 2007 video interview. Here, Ryan discusses her writing career. Learn how she got her start, where she finds inspiration, and how she researches and plans a new story. Ryan also offers advice for young writers and provides an exclusive inside look at her 2007 novel Paint the Wind.
And for students who want to join an online discussion about Esperanza Rising, visit the Message Board .
Pam Muñoz Ryan speaks primarily at state and national conventions, reading council meetings, and children's literature conferences.
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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.
This is a text excerpt of Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan
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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.
On March 15, 2006, award-winning author Pam Muñoz Ryan participated in a chat with Scholastic students and teachers. Ryan's books include Esperanza Rising, Riding Freedom, Paint the Wind, and When Marian Sang.
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.
Maya was eleven before she learned what it was like to live free, outside the prison her grandmother's house had been.