English
Log In

Exploring "House on Mango Street": Novel Study & Creative Writing

Class
Play
Meghan Peddle (M.A., B. Ed)
Average rating:
4.0
Number of reviews:
(2)
In this four week course, students will read and analyze The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. They will explore themes, setting, characters, and vignette-style writing.

Class experience

US Grade 8 - 11
Follows Teacher-Created Curriculum
Aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
8 lessons//4 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Introductions
-Students will be able to discuss how the author's background influenced the novel. -Students will be able to define vignette. Class 1: * Teacher and unit introduction * What is a vignette? * Vignette writing project introduction/requirements * Begin reading House on Mango Street as a class Homework: Reading chapters "House on Mango Street" - "Laughter"
Lesson 2
"The House on Mango Street" - "Laughter" Discussion and Vignette Writing
- Students will be able to identify elements of setting, characterization, and theme, and analyze figurative language - Students will be able to write a personal narrative in the form of a vignette. Class 2: * Class discussion "House on Mango Street" - "Laughter" * Begin vignette writing (My Name and House on Mango Street) with brainstorm Homework: 1) Rough draft My Name and House on Mango Street vignettes 2) Read "Gil's Furniture" - "Darius & the Clouds"
 Week 2
Lesson 3
"Gil's Furniture" - "Darius & the Clouds" Discussion and Vignette Writing
- Students will be able to identify elements of setting, characterization, and theme, and analyze figurative language - Students will be able to write a personal narrative in the form of a vignette. Class 3: * Class discussion "Gil's Furniture" - "Darius & the Clouds" * Bland sentence activity revisions * Introduction to third vignette (House of my Own) with brainstorm Homework: 1) Read "And Some More" - "Papa Who..." 2) Rough draft House of My Own vignette writing
Lesson 4
"And Some More" - "Papa Who..." Discussion and Vignette Writing
- Students will be able to identify elements of setting, characterization, and theme, and analyze figurative language - Students will be able to write a personal narrative in the form of a vignette. Class 4: * Class discussion "And Some More" - "Papa Who..." * Varied sentence starter activity revisions * Introduction to fourth and fifth vignettes with brainstorms Homework: 1) Read "Born Bad" - "Four Skinny Trees" 2) Rough draft final two vignette writings
 Week 3
Lesson 5
"Born Bad" - "Four Skinny Trees" Discussion and Vignette Writing
- Students will be able to identify elements of setting, characterization, and theme, and analyze figurative language - Students will be able to write a personal narrative in the form of a vignette. Class 5: * Class discussion "Born Bad" - "Four Skinny Trees" * How to use Canva to create meaningful book covers * How to create a meaningful dedication page Homework: 1) Read "No Speak English" - "A Smart Cookie" 2) Continue vignette writings (1-5)
Lesson 6
"No Speak English" - "A Smart Cookie" Discussion and Vignette Writing
- Students will be able to identify elements of setting, characterization, and theme, and analyze figurative language - Students will be able to write a personal narrative in the form of a vignette. Class 6: * Class discussion "No Speak English" - "A Smart Cookie" * Paragraph revision activity * Feedback and questions about vignettes, cover, dedication page Homework: 1) Read "What Sally Said" - "Mango Says Goodbye" 2) Continue vignette writings (completed drafts due next session)
 Week 4
Lesson 7
"What Sally Said" - "Mango Says Goodbye" Discussion and Vignette Writing
- Students will be able to identify elements of setting, characterization, and theme, and analyze figurative language - Students will be able to write a personal narrative in the form of a vignette. Class 7: * Class discussion "What Sally Said" - "Mango Says Goodbye" * Peer editing
Lesson 8
Final Novel Analysis
- Students will be able to identify elements of setting, characterization, and theme, and analyze figurative language - Students will be able to write a personal narrative in the form of a vignette. Class 8: * Theme discussion * Novel debrief * Submit vignettes for assessments
  • Students will explore the ideas of theme, characterization, and setting in the novel "House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros. Students will also study vignette style writing and write their own vignettes.
I am a certified English teacher for US grades 5-12. Additionally, I have taught this novel and unit of study to 8th graders in a public school setting. 
Homework Offered
- Bi-weekly independent novel readings. This reading will be required for all students. The completion of the reading assignments will facilitate class discussions - Bi-weekly independent personal narrative writing in the form of vignettes. This writing will be required for all students. The writings will enable students to engage in teacher led editing processes.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
- Personal narrative writing project in the form of a collection of vignettes. The collection will include a student-created book cover and a dedication page. This project will mostly be completed outside of class time however, their will be teacher led revision activities throughout the course meeting times.
Grades Offered
Letter grades will be offered by default for all students. Grades will be provided per class and will reflect student's participation in group discussions and progress towards vignette writing project. One final grade for the completed vignette writing project will be given at the completion of the class.
basic reading comprehension and writing skills
"The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros (printed or e-book) 
$8.25 Amazon Paperback
$10.99 Amazon Kindle
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
- Rated for ages 13+ by Common Sense Media
- Mention of physical abuse
- Sexual assault 

Please read more at  https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/the-house-on-mango-street
-"The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros
- Google Docs or Microsoft Word
- Canva.com (free)
Joined October, 2022
4.0
2reviews
Profile
Teacher expertise and credentials
Massachusetts Teaching Certificate - English/Language Arts
Massachusetts Teaching Certificate - Social Studies/History
Hello!
I am a certified History and English teacher with a passion for raising my own food and animals. 
I have a Master's degree in History and a Bachelor's degree in Education. I currently teach English and Social Studies full time at the local... 
Group Class

$19

weekly or $75 for 8 classes
2x per week, 4 weeks
40 min

Live video meetings
Ages: 13-17
1-6 learners per class

About
Support
SafetyPrivacyCA PrivacyLearner PrivacyTerms
Outschool International
Get The App
Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play
© 2024 Outschool