Take a clear position on a question and share evidence to support that point of view for a Socratic Seminar on The House on Mango Street.
How and why does Esperanza change over the course of the text?
How is Esperanza different from the other residents of Mango Street? How is she similar?
How do gender expectations and roles shape Esperanza’s experience of her neighborhood and the world in general?
What is the difference between a house and a home? What do these things symbolize for Esperanza?
How does Esperanza’s neighborhood shape who she becomes?
How does Esperanza’s Latinx identity (and her identity as a second-generation immigrant to the United States) shape her experience of the world and her understanding of her place in it?
In what ways does Esperanza’s experience reflect parts of a more universal “American experience?”
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*Examples/guidance provided in the Socratic Seminar Guide in the materials section of this lesson.