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Activity Overview


Every person and character has their own perspective, and most people have more than one. In this example, Esperanza is shown with three separate viewpoints: female, young, and Hispanic.


In the book, Esperanza takes a number of different views. One is that of a young girl. She feels that men are more entitled, more powerful, and have easier and better lives. Using a grid layout, show at least three perspectives from the book. It does not have to be from Esperanza’s point of view; there are a number of character sketches. For example: Esperanza’s mother speaks of how she sometimes feels she had wasted her artistic talent.


Girl

Esperanza is a Hispanic girl. She feels as though girls are born getting the short end of the stick. She often talks about how men have it easier.


Hispanic

From her name, to the food she eats, to the ways in which Hispanic men find their wives, Esperanza is sure that her life is different from those who are white.


Young

Being young, Esperanza doesn't feel like she has much control over things. She longs to be older and in charge of her own life.


Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group

Type of Activity: Point of View vs. Perspective

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/6] Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/6] Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard depicting the differentperspectives characters have in The House on Mango Street.

  1. Identify three different perspectives for a character.
  2. Describe the perspective.
  3. Illustrate each perspective with appropriate characters, scenes, and items.
  4. Save and submit your storyboard.


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