Exploring Thematic Motifs in The House on Mango Street

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Explore identity and community through an expository essay based on The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. This two-week unit on writing an essay provides a brief description of each day and all of the worksheets and materials you need to support learners and they move step-by-step through the writing process. The final product is a well-organized essay and presentation.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Wrap up your own unit on The House on Mango Street with this essay and presentation
  • Even though several of the pages say The House on Mango Street on the top, they could be used or easily adapted for other expository writing assignments, especially any assignment related to thematic motifs
  • Provide sentence frames or a reference page of transition words and phrases to assist learners with the flow in their writing
Classroom Considerations

  • This is designed to be used after reading and discussing The House on Mango Street, not during
  • The daily lesson descriptions are very brief, but the strength of this resource lies in the handouts and worksheets included
Pros

  • Includes a rubric, the assignment page with requirements, sample paragraphs and essays, handouts and worksheets for each step of the writing process, and information on how to create a works cited page
  • The essay is nicely scaffolded and walks students through the process slowly and clearly
Cons

  • None