- Describe characters — their traits, motivations, and feelings — and explain how their actions contributed to a sequence of events
- Develop an understanding of various cultures
- Complete questions describing and analyzing Stella, the main character in The Rainbow Tulip by Pat Mora
- Complete a reflection and comparison of self to Stella
This lesson is designed to use with The Rainbow Tulip by Pat Mora, but can easily be adapted for other books. Students will analyze the main character, Stella, and develop an understanding of how culture can influence a person’s thoughts and actions.
- The Rainbow Tulip by Pat Mora
- Guiding Questions and Writing Prompts for The Rainbow Tulip
- The Rainbow Tulip Comparison Sheet printable or a Venn Diagram printable
- Self-Reflection Questions for The Rainbow Tulip
- Whiteboard or chart paper
- Whiteboard markers or markers for chart paper
- Post the Guiding Questions on the whiteboard or chart paper.
- Make copies of the Guiding Questions and The Rainbow Tulip Comparison Sheet printable or Venn Diagram printable for each student.
- Post or make copies of the Self-Reflection Questions.
Step 1: Introduce Hispanic Heritage Month. (See the introduction to Bring Hispanic Heritage Month to Life: A Collection of Resources from the Scholastic Teachers website.)
Step 2: Read and review the Guiding Questions for students to think about as you read the book aloud.
Step 3: Read The Rainbow Tulip. Stop to check for understanding throughout the story and discuss the story and questions with your students.
Step 4: When you are finished with the read aloud, have the students write their own answers to the Guiding Questions. Model how to use textual evidence when stating thoughts and answers. For example: She feels this way because on page ___ she said _______.
Step 5: Ask students to compare themselves to Stella using The Rainbow Tulip Comparison Sheet printable or a Venn Diagram printable to write short paragraphs describing how they act at home and school and to compare their values to Stella’s. Students should look for similarities and differences between themselves and Stella.
Step 6: Have students complete the Self-Reflection Questions.
- How did Stella feel in the beginning, middle, and end of the story? What caused those feelings?
- What words would you use to describe Stella?
- Did Stella change during the story? What caused her to change?
- Describe the relationship between Stella and her mother.
- How did Stella’s culture affect her feelings?
- What is the central message or lesson of the story? Why do you think that?
- Put yourself in Stella’s place. How would you feel at the May Day parade?
- Have you ever been in a situation that made you feel different from other people? How did it make you feel? Did your feelings change? Why or why not?
- Did the student answer questions accurately?
- Did the student use textual evidence to support answers?
- Does the student’s work exhibit self-reflection?
Common Core State Standards
Key Ideas and Details
RL. 2.3 Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
RL. 3.3 Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
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