My Name Is Maria Isabel Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Increase student understanding of the story 'My Name is Maria Isabel' by Alma Flor Ada with this lesson plan. Students will read the text lesson to help them summarize plot and analyze characters before they apply their new knowledge to an engaging activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize My name is Maria Isabel by Alma Flor Ada
  • analyze characters in My Name is Maria Isabel
  • cite text evidence to support thinking about the book My Name is Maria Isabel


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the text lesson My Name Is Maria Isabel: Summary & Vocabulary, one for each student
  • Copies of the book My Name is Maria Isabel by Alma Flor Ada
  • Chart paper and markers
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Colored pencils
  • Crayons

Key Vocabulary

  • Maria Isabel
  • Cultural identity

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.1

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.2

Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.3

Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

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