The House on Mango Street Curriculum Unit
In this unit, students will use writing labs, write descriptively, use metaphors and similes, complete creative alternative assessments, study the author’s style, discuss in small and large groups, create and use graphic organizers, research characteristics of genders, and brainstorm.
Supplementary materials include essay topics, project ideas, test, and answer key. This unit includes 11 Lesson Plans / 24 Handouts / 71 Pages, aligned to Common Core standards, grades 9-12, high school.
- Critical thinking
- Flexibility and adaptability
- Social and cross-cultural skills
- Productivity and accountability
Narrated by thirteen-year-old Esperanza, The House on Mango Street explores the people and events in Cisneros’s created community. Esperanza’s parents purchase their first home in a crowded neighborhood. Contrary to Esperanza’s dreams of her new home, she realizes that her new community is a disappointment as she views it through the quickly maturing eyes of an adolescent. The style mimics a young writer, but incorporates many literary devices. Many students will make an instant connection to Esperanza’s Chicago, Latino neighborhood. The novel addresses the themes of community and how one fits in, getting to know one’s self, coming of age, Latin American culture, storytelling, and gender study.
Check out the Additional Info Section for the Common Core English Language Arts Standards.