“Mi Nombre” de Casa en Mango Street

At the beginning of Spanish IV this year my students read an excerpt of La casa en Mango Street, a chapter titled “Mi nombre” as part of a chapter about identity.  We read the chapter then had small-group discussions based on questions from ice breaker #7 at http://www.collaborizeclassroom.com//Resources/icebreakers.html.  The site describes that activity for an online class, but we did the activity aloud.  Students researched their first and last names outside of class, then presented the information in class in small groups.  I think it would also make a nice activity for a class blog.

Here is the text accompanied by comprehension questions:


I downloaded the audio book from www.audible.com so that the students could read and listen at the same time.

The main character mentions that her grandmother was born under the Chinese sign of the horse, so we read about that sign. Students also read their own Chinese sign. They discussed with partners and as a class how accurate their sign was in regard to their personality and interests.  I used the descriptions of the Chinese signs that I have in my google drive at https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B8remLFpqcmxejNzNGxhdUNFT0U&usp=sharing

Here is the Powerpoint of the lesson that I taught. que hay en un nombre

In the Powerpoint I mention an interview with Sandra Cisneros.  Entrevista a Sandra Cisneros

Here is my reading packet with questions Mi nombre questions


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7 Responses to “Mi Nombre” de Casa en Mango Street

  1. Irma Sandoval says:

    Thank you for the awesome resources.

  2. Mónica G. says:

    ¡Increíble! Es mi primer año enseñando AP y no sabes cómo me ha ayudado tu blog. Quería integrar “La casa en Mango St.” en la unidad de identidad y voilá: aquí lo tienes todo. Muchísimas gracias.

  3. isabel says:

    what theme did you do for this lesson plan?

  4. acgomez2014 says:

    My students are reading The House on Mango Street at this moment. The themes I am doing are identity, immigration & assimilation. Your questions and activities are very good, congratulations you have done an awesome work. Thank you for sharing your hard work. Its greatly appreciated.

  5. Stephanie Kelley says:

    Hello! The link for the comprehension questions is not working. I want to teach this book next school year to my Spanish 4 class (my first time teaching this level in a really long time). Could you please send it to me?

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