Explain how Esperanza views her home and how living there impacts her identity.
Book: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros pp. 3 – 9
How does the house on Mango street compare to the house the narrator imagines for her family? What can we infer about Esperanza based on her descriptions of the house she wants versus the house where they live? Support your answer with two pieces of evidence from the text.
What words does the narrator use to describe the house on Mango Street on pages 3–5? What words does the narrator use to describe her neighborhood? Provide at least four descriptive words or phrases for each.
How do Esperanza and her siblings’ interactions change based on whether they are inside or outside their house on pages 8–9? Support your answer with two pieces of evidence from the text.
Discussion: At the beginning of a book, authors work hard to introduce her readers to the main character. What have we learned about Esperanza from today’s reading? What more can we conclude about her and her life? Support your thoughts with specific evidence from the text.