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