Get your students to practice synthesizing across multiple texts (novel + poems) and working through the writing process with these creative end-of-novel prompts for The House on Mango Street! This diverse coming-of-age tale has been coined a "deceptively simple text". There is so much value in using this text to analyze author's craft and style at the secondary level!
In this product, you will find nine original end-of-novel performance task essay prompts that raise the literary analysis rigor of this book. The resources contain a bank of poems that students will choose from to synthesize with specific elements from the novel. Each essay prompt asks students to deeply examine both the novel and poem(s). You will also find notes for each poem that explain different angles students may take with their comparisons to the novel. Common Core writing and reading standards are also provided to show alignment to the essay prompts.
In the zip file, you will find a ready-to-print student handout with the poem bank, prompts, and suggested steps for conducting a close reading of their chosen poem, aligned standards, teacher notes, and links for the poems. The product is also uploaded in MS Word as an editable resource in case you want to add your own prompts or modify the poem bank based on the needs of your classroom.
This product will work great with 9th and 10th grade; however, some of your 8th graders could probably handle the subject matter and synthesis as well!
I have used these prompts with my 10th graders as an end-of-novel performance task with great results. They chose their poem and conducted their close reading in one 90-minute class period, and wrote the essay in a second class period as a timed write. However, depending on your objective, this product will work well to help students with the writing process.