Character Analysis - "Edna's Ruthie" from The House on Mango Street

This Character Analysis - "Edna's Ruthie" from The House on Mango Street lesson plan also includes:

The residents of Mango Street come alive because of the language Sandra Cisneros uses. Readers examine this language, particularly appositives, to see how how Cisneros builds the character of Edna's Ruthie.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • To reinforce these skills, repeat the exercise with other vignettes from Sandra Cisneros's book ("Cathy, Queen of Cats," or "Meme Ortiz" perhaps) or another text
  • Ask kids to craft their own vignette using appositives to build the picture of their character
Classroom Considerations

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Pros

  • Like a close reading exercise, the activity focuses readers' attention on specific words and phrases
  • The grammar lesson is taught within the context of Cisneros' book and shows kids how writers choose language to convey impressions
Cons

  • None