Teacher Guide

House on Mango Street Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    To understand the themes of gender roles and class in The House on Mango Street and consider them in comparison to recent events.

  2. 2

    To follow Esperanza’s development as a character and young woman throughout the course of the novel.

  3. 3

    To analyze the roles different neighbors play in Esperanza’s development and understanding of her world.

  4. 4

    To understand the symbols Cisneros uses to deepen Esperanza’s character and the themes.

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