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A Teacher’s Guide for Grades 8-10:

The House on Mango Street

The House on Mango Street is the story of Esperanza, a pre-teen Chicana growing up in the barrio in Chicago. In the book, Esperanza narrates the stories of herself and her neighborhood and experiences joy, loss, change, and growth. We chose this novel for its powerful attention to some rich social and emotional themes: friendship and family, coming-of-age, poverty, community, loss, and perseverance. Students will find themselves relating to and being inspired by Esperanza; this curriculum will help students build connections between Esperanza’s experiences and their own.

Spend a year on Mango Street with Esperanza, a 12-year old Chicana, who lives in a packed Latino neighborhood that she can’t wait to move out of. Experience Esperanza’s joy, loss, change and growth.

Esperanza’s house is the first her family has owned, but it is small and run down and she is determined to leave Mango Street behind and to one day have a beautiful house of her own.

Esperanza grows up a lot during the year she spends on Mango Street: she develops new friendships, learns about her neighbors, experiences her first crush, and suffers through some difficult incidents. Throughout her experiences, she writes as a way to both express her feelings and reflect on the world in which she lives.

Author:  Sandra Cisneros

Our Reading with Relevance teacher’s guide breaks the novel into a series of thoughtful lesson plans. Each lesson is designed to support you to meaningfully explore the social and emotional themes of the day’s reading with your students, inspiring them to read deeply, think critically, talk openly, and write reflectively about topics that matter.

This teacher’s guide includes:

  • A facilitator’s guide with tips and resources for implementing the curriculum.
  • A map of Common Core Standards addressed through this program.
  • Nine individual lesson plans, including vocabulary, discussion questions, journal prompts, extension activities, and all handouts.
  • Two assessments to monitor student progress throughout the program.
  • Regular checkpoints to help teachers assess their students’ progress on ELA standards.
  • A culminating essay-writing unit.
  • An appendix with additional teaching resources and activities to continue exploring this novel.

Pages: 76
Dimensions: 8.5” x 11”



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