Under the Mesquite

Under the Mesquite

Publisher: Lee & Low Books                                                                     Publication date: 10/01/2011

Pages: 224                                                                                                Delivery: Independent Reading

Lexie: 990L                                                                                                           Age Range: 12 – 17 Years

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Author Interview– This link bring you directly to an interview with the author by the book’s publishing company.
The Mesquite Tree– A short little video talking about the Mesquite Tree


  •  Key Vocabulary
    • Serenading – a complimentary performance of vocal or instrumental music in theopen air at night, as by a lover under the window of his lady
    • Harmonizing – to be in agreement in action, sense, or feeling
    • Transplanting – to move from one place to another.
    • Ravaging – to work havoc upon; damage or mar by ravages
    • Overwhelms – to overcome completely in mind or feeling
    • Concedes – to acknowledge as true, just, or proper; admit
  • Before Reading:
    • Word Walls – Students build a word wall by skimming through the text and selecting unfamiliar words and ones they believe may be related to the text.
  • During Reading:
    • Voki -A students are reading, they will mark off passaged that they deem as important or find relatable. They will them create a voki of them reading that passage and share it with the class.
  • After Reading:
    • Found Poems – Since this book is already written in verse, it would be very exciting for students to be able to create their own creative poem from what is already written on the page.

Writing Activity:

  • What does the mesquite symbolize and why do you think the author chose to use this tree as the story’s main symbol?



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