Day 5

House on Mango Street Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Who are the “people who live on hills”? How does Esperanza feel about them?

    The people who live on hills are the rich people who live in a different neighborhood. Esperanza’s father is their gardener. On Sundays, her family goes to that neighborhood and stares “out the window like the hungry.” Esperanza envies them so much that she does not want to visit the neighborhood on Sundays anymore. She fantasizes about living on the hill in a house of her own one day.

  2. 2

    What do we learn about Esperanza’s mother in “A Smart Cookie”? How does she feel about herself?

    We learn that Esperanza’s mother was born in the United States, speaks two languages, is a talented...

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