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House on Mango Street. Essential Question. Where does our sense of identity come from? You may want to consider the following questions for your answer: How does environment shape our identity? What identities, if any, are permanent and which do we have the power to change?

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essential question
Essential Question
  • Where does our sense of identity come from?
  • You may want to consider the following questions for your answer:
    • How does environment shape our identity?
    • What identities, if any, are permanent and which do we have the power to change?
    • What roles do neighborhood and community play in shaping who we become?


who are you
Who are you?
  • Create a list of what you consider your identity to be.
  • What do you see on the cover, through flipping the pages, on the back cover?


Elderly woman

A house – maybe building – outdated

A woman with pillows

Price of book - barcode

It’s fiction

Hispanic author

110 pages

It’s got Spanish words

Author background

An antenna

initial reactions
Initial Reactions
  • What are your initial feelings about the text?





A lot of food references

  • What do you expect to find in this novel?

It’s based on her life.

How she grew up.

A house on mango street / a house of my own – mango says goodbye sometimes.

Her first job.

esperanza and her neighborhood
Esperanza and her neighborhood
  • What was revealed to us in chapter one about Esperanza and her neighborhood?

Has dreams for herself.

Her family always wants to improve.

The neighborhood might not be nice.

The neighborhood might be nice with the exception of her house.

Her situation is unstable.

She moved around a lot.

She’s Hispanic.

journal activity
Journal Activity
  • Pretend you are Esperanza. Go back to the essential question and answer it how you think she would.
mini research
Mini Research
  • You will research your full name and write a two-three page paper.
      • The paper must be turned in via Turnitin by 11:59 Monday 9/26
self identity
Self Identity
  • What did we say, last week, influences our self identity?
  • What did we say influenced Esperanza’s identity.
    • Share your journal entries from last week (written as Esperanza)

Read pages 3-11

what s in a name
What’s in a Name?
  • Last week you started researching the meaning of your full name.
    • Share with the class what your full name means.
    • How does your name’s meaning influence your sense of self?
what s in a name1
What’s in a Name?
  • Re-visit the “My Name” vignette.
  • Is there anything here that we have already noticed about her sense of identity?
elements of style
Elements of Style
  • Style – the distinctive way in which a writer uses language (how he/she puts sentences together, his/her choice of vocabulary, and use of literary devices).
  • Metaphor – a comparison between two things that are basically dissimilar in which one thing becomes another.
    • Ex: “But my mother’s hair…is the warm smell of bread before you bake it.”
elements of style1
Elements of Style
  • Simile – a comparison between two things that are basically dissimilar using “like” or “as” to make the comparison.
    • Ex: “My papa’s hair is like a broom.”
  • Personification – the act of giving human qualities to something that is not human.
    • Ex: “And me, my hair is lazy.”
elements of style2
Elements of Style
  • Alliteration – the repetition of similar consonant sounds within a phrase or sentence.
    • Ex: “It is the smell when she makes room for you on her side of the bed still warm with her skin.”
  • Repetition – the act of repeating words or phrases for dramatic effect
    • Ex: In “Hairs,” the words “hair”, “holding you,” and “rain” are repeated.
elements of style3
Elements of Style
  • Sensory details – images and/or details that emphasize our senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch) to recreate a scene for the reader.
    • Ex: “The snoring, the rain, and Mama’s hair that smells like bread.”
possible test questions
Possible Test Questions
  • Elements of style:
    • Questions in where you will have to:
      • match, identify and create your examples of simile, metaphor, personification.
      • identify sensory detail
  • Re-visit the Hairs vignette.
  • What lines/images stand out?
  • How does this vignette feel? (Like a novel, story, poem) Why?
hairs modeling assignment
“Hairs” Modeling Assignment


Everyone in my family has different skin colors. Even though we are family, our skin colors are different because we all come from at least three other places: Africa, the Northern Plains, and Europe. Black. Indian. White. That’s why I think my family and I have different skin colors.

My grandmother on my mom’s side is light skinned like a fresh banana, mixed with black, white and Indian. My grandfather on my mom’s side is dark skinned like a dark brown crayon and mixed with black and Indian. Their child, my mom, is also dark like a dark brown crayon. Black, white and Indian.

Both of my parents are mixed with black, white and Indian which makes me light, lighter than both of them.

Even though we all look different, somehow we are as one. After all the ancestry and the two sides of my family coming together, I was the one. Togetherness.

The color of my skin reveals who I am, where I came from, what I am all about. It is what identifies me. My ancestry. Where it all started.

hairs modeling assignment1
“Hairs” Modeling Assignment
  • Questions?
    • Review sample
  • Share your own example.
  • Is living in a house your family owns different from living in a house or apartment your family rents? How?
    • Are renters, owners and homeless people all considered equal citizens in America? Why or why not?

Read pages 12-25

thoms chapter titles
THOMS Chapter Titles
  • Read the chapter titles.
  • Make predictions
    • What do you expect to read in these chapters.
    • Which do you think you’ll enjoy reading. Why?
your chapter titles
Your Chapter Titles
  • Brainstorm a list of 10 ACTUAL significant events from your life that helped shape your sense of identity.
  • Submit your rough draft
  • Create your own TABLE OF CONTENTS (give it a title)
your name here s story
______(Your Name Here)____’sStory
  • Write a short story (vignette) for three of your chapter titles.
    • They need to connect in some way (like THOMS), but can stand alone (not necessary to read one before/after the other)