Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert

Book Summary: 

Martín was the son of a nobleman and a slave woman. His mother asked the local priests to take him in and teach him. Martín’s humble birth caused him to be mistreated by the priests, though that did not stop Martín from showing compassion toward others. He possessed the gift of healing which he used first in the poorest sections of town, the barrio. Martín grew to be a beloved saint.

Year: 
2013
Author: 
Gary D. Schmidt
Illustrator: 
David Diaz
Publisher: 
Clarion Books
Guiding Question: 

Some people who had a lot of money and powerful positions did not think Martín was important because he was poor. What do you think?

Howard’s Format from You Can’t Teach What You Don’t Know (73-85): 

Honesty- Some people who had a lot of money and powerful positions did not think Martín was important because he was poor.

Empathy- How have you felt when you were left out by others? Describe how you think Martín felt when people always frowned at him and he hadn’t done anything wrong?

Advocacy- Look for others who are aren’t treated fairly by others. Ask them for things that would be helpful to them to stop the unfair treatment.

Action- Stand up for people who are being put down by others.