After reading Pam Muñoz Ryan’s novel Esperanza Rising, give fifth- and sixth-grade learners an opportunity to write a story of their own that is inspired by true events! Budding authors can interview a family member, neighbor, or friend about their personal history to help with details, but students must be clear about whether their story is fiction or nonfiction. This two-page extension activity begins with a narrative writing graphic organizer to help students plan the details of their stories. Then, students will turn to page 2 to begin writing their story, though they may choose to type their story or record it on a separate sheet of paper. Click on “View answers” to see a helpful rubric for grading students’ narratives. And don't miss the full set of the worksheets designed to help readers get the most out of the novel Esperanza Rising!