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House on Mango Street

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House on Mango Street
(cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr
(cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr
Essential Questions:
1. Where does our sense of identity come from?

2. How does environment shape our identity?

3. What identities, if any, are permanent and which do we have the power to change?

4. What roles do neighborhood and community play in shaping who we become?
Vignette is a word that originally
meant "something that may be
written on a vine-leaf".
Vignette (literature), short, impressionistic
scenes that focus on one moment or give
a particular insight into a character,
idea, or setting.
Prereading Question #1
What is the personal significance
of your name? (First, Middle, Last)
Does your name mean different things to
you, your family, and your friends?
What do your nicknames mean to you and those
who call you by those names?
Pre-Reading Question #2
1. Is living in a house your family
rents diffferent from one they own?
Why or why not?

2. Are renters, owners, and homeless
people all considered equal citizens in
Why or why not?
Pre-Reading Question #3
1. In what areas of your life are you
most free to do what you like? In
what areas do you have the least

How do different parts of your
background (gender, education,
age, class) limit your freedom?
Pre-Reading Question #4
1. What are the greatest difficulties
in growing up? Why?
Pre-Reading Question #5
Should parents/ guardians raise
their teenage girls in the same way
that they raise teenage boys? Why
or why not? What should be
the same or different?
style: the distinctive way in which a writer uses language, from how he/ she puts sentences together to his/ her choice of vocabulary and the use of literary devices
metaphor: a comparison between two basically dissimilar things in which one thing becomes another.

Example: My fathers beard is a broom, brushing the dust from the floor of our lives.
simile: a comparison between two things that are basically dissimilar using "like", "as", and sometimes "so" to make the comparison.


My mother's hair is like a ray of sunshine, illuminating the room.
personification: the act of giving human qualities to the non-human.

Example: "And me, my hair is always tired."
alliteration: repetition of similar consonant sounds within a phrase or sentence.

Example: "It is the succulent smell of sour squash mixed with sweetly scented succotash."
repetition: the act of repeating words and phrases for dramatic effect.

Example: The cake smelled like rain, smelled like sun, smelled like fire."
sensory details (imagery):

images/ details that capture the senses

sight: visual
sound: auditory
smell: olfactory
taste: gustatory
hearing: auditory

purpose: recreate the scene for the reader

Example: "The groaning wind, and dad's acrid smelling waffles."
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