House on Mango Street
Sandra Cisneross House on Mango
Street is a book used to teach students how to
share their own notion of Human Rights and cultural
experiences with classmates and others in imaginative,
creative, and meaningful ways.
The students become inspired about
the House on Mango Street stories when they
relate their own cultural experiences to the experiences
of the characters in the stories. The stories in House
on Mango Street are nuanced, sensitive and loaded
with Human Rights issues the students can grapple
with while also developing their reading comprehension
skills, writing strategies, and vocabulary development.
The activities incorporated in this
Unit are designed to aid the student through both
the guided reading and writing strategies. The essay
portion of the worksheets aid in developing the students
writing skills, and students learn the basic fundamentals
of writing an autobiographical essay. The ultimate
goal of this unit is to enable the student to explore
Human Rights issues and teach simple writing skills
for the creation of an autobiographical book about
their Human Rights and own cultural experiences. The
final product is a book comprised of the students
essays. The technology skills learned include computer
graphics, clip art, and formatting. They also learn
how to bind the materials into a book.
This Unit is also designed to develop the students
oral and written responses to simple stories and to
aid students in improving their comprehension skills
by discovering answers to questions about the text.
The questions range from simple to complex, ranging
from factual to inferential. They learn to identify
main ideas, and use the main ideas to draw inferences
about written text using simple sentences.
The students learn to draw inferences, conclusions,
and generalizations about the text they write essays
using textual evidence and prior knowledge.