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Summer Reading AssignmentName: ____
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10th Grade The House on Mango Street

Before returning to school next school year, you will need to read The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros and complete this assignment. This organizer is intended to guide your reading and focus your thoughts in preparation for the discussions, summer reading quiz and writing assignments you will engage in when you return in September.

By carefully completing this assignment over the summer, you will be prepared to discuss the story in the fall, to take a summer reading quiz and to write an in-class essay using your book and packet as the basis for your responses.

A TYPED hard copy of this packet must be submitted to your teacher on the first day of school.

SECTION 1: Setting
Instructions: Esperanza’s reactions to her physical environment often reveal aspects of her character. Choose three large or small elements of Esperanza’s physical environment (e.g., houses, neighborhoods, city, school, trees, concrete, windows) and trace them as they repeat throughout the novel. In the first column, write the quotations (with their page numbers) that describe your selected elements. In the second column, write a short analysis that explores Esperanza’s reaction to the element.

Physical Element One: ___Trees________________

Concrete Detail and Page Number
1. “They are the only ones who understand me. I am the only one who understands them. Four skinny trees with skinny necks and pointy elbow like mine.” (74)

2. “What you remember most is the tree, huge, with fat arms and might families of squirrels in the higher branches.” (22)

3. “This is the tree we chose for the First Annual Tarzan Jumping Contest. Meme won. And broke both arms.” (22)

Please discuss Esperanza’s overall reaction to the element:

Esperanza shows appreciation and respect for the trees because sees lots of qualities in the trees that she would like to have, including resilience and independence. Esperanza says that the trees understand her and she understands them. She relates to them because they don’t belong in the neighborhood yet they still persevere and flourish even with odds stalked against them. Esperanza compares to the trees because she also want to overcome the obstacles of living in a poor neighborhood while dealing with all the problems of growing up with minimal support from family or friends.

Physical Element Two: _______Shoes___________

Concrete Detail and Page Number
1. “We have legs. Skinny and spotted with satin scars where scabs were picked, but legs, all our own, good to look at, and long.” (40)

2. “You are a pretty girl, bum man continues. What’s your name, pretty girl?” (40)

3. “ I am wearing only ordinary shoes, brown and white, the kind my mother buys each year for school” (47)

Please discuss Esperanza’s overall reaction to the element:

Shoes in the book symbolize images of sex and growing up. The new shoes change her girl legs into long feminine legs that men drool over. Once Esperanza realizes the attention she is getting, she happily puts the shoes away. This shows that Esperanza is not ready to take the next step in her feminine development and she wants to be a kid again. One time at a dance Esperanza wears lots of beautiful clothing, except she wore ugly shoes. This shows that even if Esperanza is successful in life she will still be tainted by her old life and mango street. Esperanza also wants to make friends with Sally, who has beautiful suede shoes. When she catches Sally making out with some boys, she think her own feet look foreign

Physical Element Three: ___Windows______________

Concrete Detail and Page Number
1. “ She looked out the window her whole life, the way so many women sit...
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