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Mrs. H. from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning About Cultures Through The House on Mango Street

My students need 95 copies of The House on Mango Street, along with the related study guide materials needed for the novel study.

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My Students

A typical day in my classroom revolves around literature. Students are exposed to a rich, novel-based curriculum. Sadly, our current copies of the novel, The House on Mango Street (HOMS), need replacing, as they are eight years old. My students work to answer higher order thinking questions centered around each novel I teach.

My students are from diverse ethnic and sociol economic backgrounds.

They are eager to read novels of interest to them. Our school provides our students with a rich educational foundation and prepares them for the challenges of high school, by having them grapple with novels. Novels that are of interest to students serve to teach psychology, geography, history, and English literacy, all in one additionally entertaining package. By providing students access to literature that I myself enjoy, I foster in each student a love of reading. In addition, these novels encourage students to grapple with themes that evoke passionate debates. My students can relate or see themselves in the characters they meet. Through this novel, students will learn about identity and culture. They will think about their own culture and learn about the harm of stereotypes.

My Project

My students need 95 copies of The House on Mango Street, along with the related study guide materials needed for the novel study. Students will each receive a copy of the novel. Upon doing so, students will do a few per-reading activities and we will begin to read and discuss the novel as a class. After obtaining the materials needed, my students will begin to compose a reflective journal to demonstrate an understanding of the feelings of the young girl in “The House on Mango Street,” and then use this understanding to develop a connection with a person of another culture. Students will also create an artistic rendering of the description of the house presented in “The House on Mango Street” to show an understanding of the detail and feelings of the young girl in story toward her new house. An addition, students will explore the word “empathy” and apply that to their understanding of the young girl in the story. It is important to remember that especially timely since the Sept. 11 tragedy, it is important for students to understand cultural differences they may encounter in their community.

This donation of books and related study guide materials will enable me to expose my students to literature that will help my students grow academically and as human being who will contribute to society.

Students will be exposed to literature written from the perspective of “the other” with the intention of creating a sense of empathy and understanding between cultures. Through our reading of this novel, students will have a broader view of other cultures and will be better citizens for it.

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Mrs. H.
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
House on Mango Street, The • AKJ Books $8.03 95 $762.85
The House on Mango Street: Study Guide and Student Workbook (Enhanced eBook) (eBook) • AKJ Books $21.95 1 $21.95
A Reader''s Guide to Sandra Cisneros''s The House on Mango Str • AKJ Books $21.63 1 $21.63
House on Mango Street - Student Packet • AKJ Books $9.48 1 $9.48

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