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The House on Mango Street Lesson Plan
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By using this lesson plan, teachers and professors will be able to guide their classes through the forty-four interlocking stories that compose Sandra Cisneros's debut novel, The House on Mango Street. This lesson plan will help your students understand the many characters of the novel as well as its numerous themes, including culture, heritage, and gender roles. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- Name the members of the narrator's family in The House on Mango Street. Mama, Papa, Carlos, Kiki, Nenny, and the narrator. Carlos and Kiki are the boys. Nenny and the narrator are girls.
- How was the house on Mango Street different than the other houses the family had lived in? It was their own house.
- Describe the house on Mango Street. It is small and red, with small windows. Some of the bricks are crumbling. The front door is hard to open. There is no front yard. There is a small garage in the back. The house has stairs, but only one bedroom and one bathroom.
- What is the narrator's name in The House on Mango Street? What does it mean in English and in Spanish? After whom is she named? (My Name) Her name is Esperanza. In English it means "hope." In Spanish it means "too many letters." She is named after her great-grandmother.
- What did Esperanza buy in The House on Mango Street? How did she go about buying it? (Our Good Day) She gave five dollars to sisters named Rachel and Lucy. They all chipped in and bought a bike.
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