An Expository Essay Prompt to Share with Middle Grade Students
by Alana Pedalino
For all of its lightheartedness and humor, The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora also puts many difficult obstacles in Arturo Zamora’s path—from the selfish real estate developer gentrifying the block his family’s restaurant stands on, to coping with his abuela’s declining health and the changes to family traditions she created, not to mention grappling with his feelings for his “godsister,” Carmen.
Encourage your students to practice their text-to-self connections by imagining how they would respond to the challenges Arturo faces in the story.
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