Summer Reading Assignment Name: ______Mallika Seelam___________
10th Grade The House on Mango Street
Before returning to school next school year, read The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros and complete this assignment. This assignment will focus your thoughts in preparation for discussions and writing assignments when you return to school.
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Assignment: After reading the book, answer the below questions. The House on Mango Street is a collection of vignettes (short stories). You will analyze and reflect on 4 vignettes.
1. Select one vignette from The House on Mango Street where Esperanza (the main character) talks about a PLACE in her life (for example: school, house, work, a party, etc.).
Name of Vignette
The House on Mango Street
How does Esperanza describe this place? What kind of language choices does Cisneros make in the description? (answer in a minimum of 3 sentences)
The House on Mango Street wasn’t as her mother and father told them as their house would be. The house was different from the way that Esperanza have imagined the house. Personification was used by Cisneros to set the setting of the house “Windows so small you’d think they were holding their breath” (4). Cisneros describes as something Esperanza was ashamed to call home
Now connect to your own life: What is a place that is important to you? Describe it in a minimum of 4 sentences
The most important place to me is my house in India. Since most of my childhood was spent in the house. Also, where I have made a lot of memories. Even though Esperanza’s hose is small, she did spend some of her childhood there and made some friends. Esperanza and I have place where it special for the both of us
2. Select one vignette from The House on Mango Street where Esperanza talks about a PERSON in her life (for example: sister, mother, father, a neighbor, a friend, etc.).
Name of Vignette
How does Esperanza describe this person? What kind of language choices does Cisneros make in the description? (answer in a minimum of 3 sentences)
She used an allusion to describe her aunt “…she was pretty like my mother…in her Joan Crawford dress and swimmer’s legs” (58). Esperanza describes her aunt as this beautiful model that covered herself. Due to her disease, she was suffering from and hiding her illness way from Esperanza.
Now connect to your own life: Who is a person that is important to you? Describe them in a minimum of 4 sentences
One of the most important people was my grandfather. He was a caring and one of the most amazing people ever. He was one of the most influential persons in my life. I have always looked up to them. He was a hardworking man. He protected me from the outside world.
3. Select one vignette from The House on Mango Street where Esperanza talks about a PERCEPTION (or value) she has (for example: the importance of relationships, freedom, treatment of women, desire to have a home, impact of poverty, struggle, etc.).
Name of Vignette
Rafaela Who Drinks Coconut & Papaya Juice on Tuesdays
How does Cisneros build the reader’s understanding of Esperanza’s perception? What kind of language choices does Cisneros make? (answer in a minimum of 3 sentences)
Esperanza’s perception of women is left at homes while the men go out to work. The women must get permissions from their husbands to anything, “…Gets locked indoors because her husband is afraid Rafaela will run away since she is too beautiful to look at”(79). Rafaela dreams about going dance and roaming freely outside but she must stay inside.
Now connect to your own life: What is a perception (or value) that is important to you? Describe it in a minimum of 4 sentences
My parents let me have the freedom that most children might not have. I can talk to my parents about anything, without being scared. For people who lived in Esperanza’s neighborhood like sally. It’s hard for her to have freedom or Rafaela.
4. Select one vignette from The House on Mango Street where Esperanza talks about a MOMENT she has experienced.
Name of Vignette
The Three Sisters
How does Esperanza describe this moment? What kind of language choices does Cisneros make? (answer in a minimum of 3 sentences)
When Esperanza meets these three older women. That’s had powers and could sense. She describes as mysterious and she never saw ever again. She didn’t use a description of their look to tell the reader, who speaks. Cisneros didn’t use any names for the three sisters. They told her that she must come back for those can’t leave like her.
Now connect to your own life: Describe any moment from your life (or this summer). Describe it in a minimum of 4 sentences Well, this summer my friend and I went to the northwest trek wildlife park. We learned about a lot of animals. I got to spend time with my friend. We learned the importance of nature for the animals.