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  1. The House on Mango Street This power point contains all notes, class activities and discussions, bell-ringers and announcements for this unit 5/14/14-6/5/14

  2. BR: Why do writers use Imagery? 5.15.14

  3. Announcements & Agenda: 5/15/14 • Announcements • 1. Reading Quiz One tomorrow: this quiz will cover pages xi-16. • 2. As mentioned before, your final exam will on the following dates: 5th: June 2nd and 6th: May 30th • 3. Keep your bell-ringers in order! I will be collecting them on May 30th Agenda • Note-taking and discussion: how does an author convey style? Tone? • Discussion: introduction of novel.

  4. Style in Writing • Every author has a specific style, similar to style when wearing clothes… • How does an author convey style? • An author conveys their style of writing through many different elements. • These elements (formal or informal) include: • Tone • Sentence structure (syntax) • Language • Historical influence.

  5. Style and Language • The style of an author’s language can be communicated through many techniques… • 1. Imagery • 2. Idioms • 3. Diction

  6. Activity One: Analyzing Style. 15 minutes. • 1. Find your teammates by locating the same colored square. • 2. Each group has been given a passage. • 3. Select a task and complete the instructions for your task. • 4. I will randomly select two groups to present their findings as a demonstration of this lesson.

  7. Discussion of Introduction • 1. Describe the differences between Sandra’s work place and her home. Which place does she refer to with negative connotations? Why? • Objects in her office: “wash me,” “lazy,” “You ought” • Objects in her apartment: magical, inviting, “fill her with light.”

  8. Discussion of Introduction • How does her father’s way of thinking differ from Sandra’s? How could this pose challenges for Sandra? • How is Sandra fulfilling her mother’s desires and dreams?

  9. Discussion of Introduction • According to Sandra, what is a good story? Who would it appeal to and why? • How do the woman’s stories develop? How is the development of these stories so poignantly realistic?

  10. Bell-ringer: 5/16/14 • Respond to the following writing prompt, by writing a minimum of 5-7 sentences: • Describe your dream home by writing a minimum of five sentences below. Use as much detail as possible! (use imagery!)

  11. Announcements & Agenda 5/16/14 Announcements • 1. Read pages 17-30and complete the comprehension questions distributed for Monday. (I should see you…if not, read to page 45 for Tuesday.) • 2. Reading Quiz 2 May 20th (pages 17-45) Agenda • Continue discussion of Introduction & pages 1-16. • Independent reading

  12. During and After the Quiz • Talking during the quiz = zero  • When you have completed the reading quiz, raise your hand. I will collect it from you • Read until everyone has completed the quiz • Discussion on introduction.

  13. Bell-ringer: 5/20/14 Respond to the following prompt by writing a minimum of four sentences. • Who was your best friend before sixth grade? Discuss this friend and include the following: • How did you become acquainted? • Did you share secrets, jokes or clothes? • Are you still friends with this person today? If not, what happened? • Any other details or special stories? (I am sure there are lots!)

  14. Announcements & Agenda 5/20/14 (6th 5/21) Announcements • 1. Bell-ringers will be collected on May 30th (quiz grade) • 2. Final reading quiz will be on May 30th • 3. I will distribute study guides for the final exam on Thursday (yes, you may staple it to your exam for a bonus 5 points) Agenda • Reading quiz two • Discussion of novel

  15. During and After the Quiz • Talking during the quiz = zero  • When you have completed the reading quiz, raise your hand. I will collect it from you • Read until everyone has completed the quiz • Discussion on pages 3-16.

  16. Activity one: Circles of Discussion • Discuss with your group, the • assigned chapter and questions. • Record the responses of your peers. • (these responses need to demonstrate • Different reactions and thoughts to your own. • During class discussion, you will be assessed • on contributing to the questions. When you • do respond, also share your partner’s response • As a contrast or addition to your own. Objective: the student will apply their understanding of the novel’s characters, plot, conflict and themes by participating in a peer-to-peer discussion. Instructions: Draw the following image on a piece of paper

  17. Discussion Questions • Describe what the narrator’s view of a home is. • What makes a house a home? • Does she feel that she belongs at the house on Mango Street? Why or why not?

  18. “Hairs” Describe Cisneros’ poetic style. Identify some of the words the narrator uses to describe her mother’s hair. What images do these words create? How does this chapter and the previous chapter focus on a sense of security?

  19. What does Esperanza long for? “Boys & Girls” • Identify the poetic device used at the end of this vignette. • How does it represent Esperanza’s relationship with her sister, Nenny?

  20. “My Name” • A theme introduced in this chapter, is the theme of women as second-class citizens. What lines support this theme? How might this be reflective of their Mexican-American culture? • How does Esperanza rebel against this idea of women as inferior?

  21. “Cathy Queen of Cats” • Esperanza says that Cathy’s family moves a little further away every time “people like us” move in. Have you ever felt this kind of prejudice? • How would you react in this situation? Can you justify Cathy’s family’s reaction?

  22. “Our Good Day” • In spite of the poverty on Mango Street, Esperanza finds happiness and beauty. What lines or events show Esperanza’s ability to find happiness in everyday activities?

  23. Preparation for Socratic Seminar On Thursday, you will be preparing for a Socratic Seminar that will be worth a quiz grade: be prepared! As you continue your readings of the novel, I would like for you to complete a preparation worksheet on the following themes, key concepts, and social issues: 1. author’s style. 2. women’s rights and gender equality (perceptions of women) 3. poverty and its effects on children. 4. Self-identify and our society: does our society define us? Or vice versa?

  24. Homework • Your homework for Thursday will be to read the following pages: 46-65.