English 9 Honors

Dr. Ray Gen

The House on Mango Street

by Sandra Cisneros


The following dates are crucial for our work and your enjoyment of this novel.  You must have all the reading and assignments completed by these dates.  Late work will be penalized.  Discussion of the novel will take place on these dates as well.


                                                               Oct 19     Receive Text

                                                               Oct 25     Read Quiz  (pp. 3-42) [up to “A Rice Sandwich”]

                                                               Oct 28     Read Quiz (pp. 43-80) [up to “Sally”]

                                                               Nov 2     Read Quiz (pp. 81-end)

                                                                               Exam; Notebook due


E-notebook Assignments: 

1.  Theme Log.  Keep track of the themes you perceive and the themes we discuss in class.  You should list the themes and explain their significance in paragraph form.  You should note page numbers for future reference and study for your exam.  This section will be of major concern for your exam.  Be very thorough.

2.  Character Analysis.  Keep track of Esperanza.  Note how she develops throughout the novel.

3.  Note the importance of the setting.  Describe how and why Mango Street is important.

Place all these completed tasks in a notebook that includes a detailed table of contents.




Thematic Discussion

In groups of three, carefully examine and explain one of the themes in the book. From this basis, write on the problems that particular theme presented and how Esperanza dealt with it. For example you may choose the theme of prejudice and note how Esperanza experienced it and handled it in her life.


Possible themes: immigration, prejudice, maturity, sexuality, sexual abuse, gender relations, domination of men, childhood friendships, school-related problems, a sense of belonging, etc.


Analytical Essay

Please see Assignment Description


Assigned                            Nov 1

Draft 1                                 Nov 8

Draft 2                                 Nov 15