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The House on Mango Street - A Novel Study

In this five-day course, students will read The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros by participating in a Socratic Seminar discussion and identifying elements of vignettes and story-telling.
Kaitlyn Fischer: Close-Reading Specialist
756 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 9 learners
40 minutes
per class
5x per week
over 1 week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will be able to:
     - Introduce Themselves
     - Read The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
     - Participate in Socratic Seminar Discussions
     - Define Vignette
     - Examine and Identify Elements of the Vignette Writing Style 
     - Explain How Vignettes are Structured
     - Define Symbolism
     - Explain the Role Symbolism Plays in a Novel
     - Identify Symbolism in a Novel
     - Explain How Characters Develop
     - Define Come-of-Age
     - Explain How do Music and Poetry Shape Our Lives
     - Explain How Coming-of-Age Effects Character Development
     - Define and Identify Theme
     - Discuss How Symbolism Effects Theme
     - Explain How Symbols can Change throughout a Novel
Throughout my professional career and time on Outschool, I have taught this novel several times for students in the  8th, 9th, and 10th grades more specifically in public schools. The skills in this novel lend themselves to other courses as well which incorporate writing as well as reading. Below is a list of classes that I have run that have either taught the course directly or that have used the elements of the vignette writing style that we will be discussing as well!

Novel Study of The House on Mango Street on Outschool:
College and Career Writing: Utilizes the Vignette/Short Story Skills that We will be Discussing in Class
Elementary/Middle School Student Vignette Writing:
Students will need to read outside of class. Since our course is short, it is designed to focus on our class discussion. To make sure you are prepared for class, please be ready to read outside of class. For the first class of the session, you will NOT need to read!
Students will need to have a copy of the novel that can be used in class. While we are discussing the novel, there is a good chance that we will need to look in the book for an answer for textual evidence.
3 hours 20 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Here is the parental guide for The House on Mango Street which is produced by CommonSenseMedia. Please make sure to read through it and let me know if you have any questions!


Kaitlyn Fischer: Close-Reading Specialist
Lives in the United States
High School and Middle School English
756 total reviews
488 completed classes

About Me


My name is Kaitlyn Fischer and I have taught high school and middle school English and have also taught middle school math. I have worked in both Missouri and in Colorado. I have taught all of the following classes: AP Language and... 
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