Introduction Unit: The House on Mango Street 9 th grade 50-minute periods 3 weeks Overview: This unit plan is for the novel The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. The unit will be taught over the course of three weeks. There will be a variety of activities and strategies used over the three weeks, as well as a final writing project and an evaluative exam. As it is a multicultural novel, culture will in fact be a supplemental part of the overall unit. Students will learn several important concepts and will be able to relate much of the content of the unit to their own lives. Theme: The theme of this unit plan is identity and finding ones own identity in the process of growing up. In the novel we see the main character Esperanza growing up and finding out who she really is. She identifies herself with her name, her house on Mango Street, and her cultural heritage. Her home becomes a part of her and makes her who she is. This unit plan explores these ideas from the novel and relates them to the students’ own lives as well. Concept: There are several concepts covered throughout this unit. Students will learn about literary elements such as theme, symbolism, and juxtaposition. They will also learn about culture – what it means to Esperanza as well as what it means to themselves. Many different themes from the novel will be analyzed and related to the main theme of the unit, identity. Students will also learn writing skills, such as how to write a vignette. This will become part of a larger project towards the end of the unit. Rationale: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is an important novel to include in the canon of adolescent literature. It is filled with literary concepts that will be useful for understanding the novel as well as be applicable to future forms of literature. It also deals with subject matter that is very relatable to students at the 9 th grade level, such as growing up and coming into ones own.