CCSS: These notebook pages and activities cover the ELA CCSS Standards in RL1, RL2, RL3, and RL4. The focus is on Key Ideas and Details, and Craft and Structure.
These notebook pages have been made for a very specific chapter of the House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, named Four Skinny Trees. It can be found on pages 74-75. It is a very short chapter with rich figurative language. I use this chapter every year to have my students practice personification before they write their own personified narratives. Esperenza, the main character, reveals her character through her description of the Four Skinny Trees. This whole section is a metaphor of Esperenza’s character and her life. This makes it a great chapter to teach implied metaphor which is more difficult for students to see than direct metaphors. These activities will take them through several activities to prepare them to write an analysis about Esperenza’s character and the comparisons that she makes.
You do not need to teach the whole book to be able to use this very rich text to teach your students very specific academic skills. I find that diving deeply into parts of a text can inspire students to pick up and read a book in its entirety that they may have not found interesting before. If you choose to teach the whole book I will have more reading and writing resources coming soon for other engaging parts of the book.