The House on Mango Street

The House on Mango Street book cover

The House on Mango Street Resources

Teaching Unit as part of Oakland Unified School District “Urban Dreams” Project
This unit consists of two detailed 9th lesson plans based on The House of Mango Street. While the tasks are note always sophisticated, you’ll be struck by the rich array of materials (worksheets, assignments, essays, charts, journals, peer evaluation, quizzes, rubrics, etc.) that can be freely downloaded from this site. Here is an outline of the two lessons and their respective materials:

  • Lesson Plan by M. Scott
    • The goal of this lesson plan is “to explore Human Rights issues” and teach simple writing skills for the creation of an autobiographical book about Human Rights and cultural experiences. The final product is a book comprised of the students’ essays. The technology skills learned include computer graphics, clip art, and formatting. Students also learn how to bind the materials into a book.In addition to an introduction and essential questions there are three guided reading handouts, three student essays, teacher commentary, and Video clips of three students reacting to The House on Mango Street. If the idea of filmed interviews of students interests you, your school might have the materials to make that happen!
  • Lesson Plan by E. Carlson
    • The emphasis is placed on “theme, symbol and style.” For the purposes of organization, the novel is divided into eight thematic sections. This Lesson Plan is FULL of freely downloadable teacher materials, mostly Word documents and PDFs. Here’s a list: Pre-readings worksheet; Pre-readings.doc; Student work: Pre-readings; “Hairs” Modeling Assignment; Figurative Language Quiz ; Writing prompt; Cluster Chart Cluster Peer Evaluation; Revision Strategies; Evaluation Rubric; Houses in the Book Chart; Map Project; Before/After Reading Chart; Double Entry Journal; Open Mind Diagram; Building an Interpretive Essay; Interpretive Essay Handouts; Mango Street Portfolio Rubric Portfolio Rubric.
Sandra Cisneros reading from The House on Mango Street

Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute: The Politics of Gender in The House on Mango Street
This three-day teaching unit is designed for high school students of various learning styles and addresses the following teacher concerns: What is the House on Mango Street about and why would I use this book? What myths are used to define gender roles in society? What pre-reading strategy is good for The House On Mango Street? Don’t forget I teach reading!!! (emphasis on prefixes, root words, suffixes and syllables) What passages are relevant and are the most important?

The House on Mango Street: Sire (Student Project)

Lesson plans for The House on Mango Street
Sandra Cisneros @ Web English Teacher provides a list of lesson plans and online resources to support the teaching of the novel.

Lesson Plans: The House on Mango Street From, a commercial site There are three free resources: -Character Chart Students will analyze the main characters, their relationships with one another, and any distinct characteristics they may have using the Character Chart. -Conflict Dissection This graphic organizer will help students to study the story’s setting, problem, and solution. Use the Conflict Dissection organizer. -Discussion Ideas and Questions To prepare for the discussion element of this story use The House on Mango Street Questions sheet.

Random House Academic Resources: The House on Mango Street
Full of thoughtful in-class discussion questions on the following topics: Comprehension, Language: image, metaphor and voice, The people on Mango Street, Themes

ClassicNote on The House on Mango Street
Yes, this is just like Cliff Notes. But you may appreciate the summary and analysis of each vignette and major character in the stories.

Sparknotes: The House on Mango Street
Offers summary and commentary per stories, a twenty-question multiple choice quiz, three study questions and answers. (“Compare Esperanza’s development as an artist to the development of a similar character from another novel (perhaps Stephen Dedalus from Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man or the protagonist from Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”) What experiences are important to her writing? Why does she want to write?

Intersections: When Languages Collide Stylized Fairy Tales Inspired Sandra Cisneros’ Cross-Cultural Voice
This NPR interview with the author focuses on language and cultural issues.