Day 1

House on Mango Street Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Why is Esperanza disappointed with the house on Mango Street?

    Esperanza points out all the good qualities about the house. Her parents own it, so they don’t have to share a yard or worry about making too much noise. But she also says, “it’s not the house we thought we’d get.” Her parents had made promises about the kind of house they would have. But because the family had to move out of their apartment so quickly, there wasn’t time to get the “right” house. The House on Mango street is not at all what her parents promised.

  2. 2

    What might Esperanza mean when she says she is a red balloon?

    In the chapter titled “Boys and Girls,” Esperanza says, “Until then I am...

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