This resource provides a framework for students to complete a deep literary analysis for every two vignettes of The House on Mango Street. The assignments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and designed not only to have students practice literary skills but also demonstrate their comprehension of the text.
This resource is also technology friendly! It can be utilized in classrooms where computers or tablets are central to instruction because the resource has been adapted for digital completion. The resource includes links for students to complete the assignments in either Google Drive or Google Classroom. With these links, you can have students complete their work online. All they will have to do is create a text box! There are links for every student work page (not assessments), making the format friendly not only for technology but also trees. The resources include:
Vignette Analysis: For the novel The House on Mango Street, this document can offer several different uses. It could supply homework, facilitate guided reading groups, or stimulate whole class reading analysis and discussion for each vignette. The document has 22 assignments - one for every 2 vignettes of the book - and each assignment includes a figurative language analysis graphic organizer and 9 questions aligned to CCSS ELA skills, such as:
Identifying main idea and support using details from the text
Identifying and analyzing parts of plot – how elements of a story interact
Identify conflict and types of conflict
Analyze how conflict affects characters and creates suspense
Analyze character and make inferences about character motivation
Identify and analyze symbols for their deeper meaning
Identify themes of the text and explain the lesson learned
Analyze the effectiveness of flashbacks and foreshadowing
Analyze setting for mood and conflict
Identify and analyze point of view
Make inferences based on textual evidence
Analyze tone and determine the meaning of words, phrases, and figurative language
Mini-Quizzes: The mini-quizzes are a way to test students’ comprehension of the text. This space can be used for the single question quizzes provided in the resource. There are multiple potential uses that could fit the needs of your classroom. (NOTE: The digital version is not formatted to allow for students to complete the quizzes online. However, as you have access to all the questions, you can still use the content and determine the best method to deliver it).
Answer Key: The key provides potential answers for every question asked in every assignment. This includes comprehension quiz questions and analytic questions. Of course, not all analytic questions have just one answer. Part of the strength of the analysis question is the room they leave for students to demonstrate their unique thinking. Therefore, use the answers at your discretion but know they provide a solid foundation for the type of performance that makes for quality work.
The entire resource and its inclusive set of questions allow for multiple potential uses based on your determination about when and where it would be most helpful, either in-class or for homework. All aspects of the assignments, though, are aligned to the Common Core State Standards in order for students to have ample opportunities to practice and demonstrate their knowledge across numerous, essential literary skills.
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