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Teacher’s Guide: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

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At first glance Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street seems to be a charming collection of vignettes about a young Latina's observations about the people in her Chicago neighborhood. Developing questions that prompt readers to think deeply about the many connections among the vignettes and the themes Cisneros develops can be a challenge. This guide does just that. It asks readers to consider what Esperanza says carefully, doesn't say, and implies. A must-have for any discussion of the narrative.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Ask groups to create a reader's theatre script for a story about the girls observing clouds, and after the presentations, have the teams describe what clues they used to identify the different speakers
Classroom Considerations
  • A protocol must be in place to permit a safe, sensitive discussion of domestic violence, sexual harassment, rape, and racism
  • The carefully crafted questions may be used for class discussion, journal topics, and or writing prompts
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