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  • Melvin C Swann Middle School
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Nearly all students from low‑income households

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The House on Mango Street tells the story of a teenage girl named Esperanza and her experiences growing up in inner-city Chicago in a small house full of family and life on Mango Street. She deals with issues such as low self-image, teenage pregnancies in her family, poverty, and violence. She learns to deal with her reality in a way that motivates her to get out of the neighborhood and commit to coming back to help others do the same. Studies (and my own personal observations as a middle school teacher) show that students learn better when they are engaged in the learning material, and their level of engagement is higher when they can connect their real lives to that material. The House on Mango Street can do just that. Esperanza’s story has the power to show my students how a girl not much older than them, who looks like many of them, and who struggles with a family life similar to theirs uses her circumstances as motivation to challenge the status quo, strive for more, help others, and begin creating a future of herself that she can be proud of. This book is also full of beautiful figurative language, symbolism, and new but useful vocabulary for students to use to advance their literacy skills, become better writers, and foster a love of reading.

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The House on Mango Street tells the story of a teenage girl named Esperanza and her experiences growing up in inner-city Chicago in a small house full of family and life on Mango Street. She deals with issues such as low self-image, teenage pregnancies in her family, poverty, and violence. She learns to deal with her reality in a way that motivates her to get out of the neighborhood and commit to coming back to help others do the same. Studies (and my own personal observations as a middle school teacher) show that students learn better when they are engaged in the learning material, and their level of engagement is higher when they can connect their real lives to that material. The House on Mango Street can do just that. Esperanza’s story has the power to show my students how a girl not much older than them, who looks like many of them, and who struggles with a family life similar to theirs uses her circumstances as motivation to challenge the status quo, strive for more, help others, and begin creating a future of herself that she can be proud of. This book is also full of beautiful figurative language, symbolism, and new but useful vocabulary for students to use to advance their literacy skills, become better writers, and foster a love of reading.

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