Pairs with the following AP Lit.
Objectives CHR 1.A: Characterization details, character’s perspective, character’s motives SET
2.A: Setting STR 3.A, B: Plot conflict STR
3.E: Significant plot events NAR 4.C: Use of syntax and diction NAR
4.D: Narrator’s reliability FIG
5.C: Symbolism Social applications: Gender, Class, Hispanic Heritage, Cross-culture assimilation
The House on Mango Street has become a staple in literature classes the world over, thanks to award-winning author Sandra Cisneros. The Latina-American writer, who was born in Chicago, IL, and currently resides in San Antonio, TX, has explored a variety of literary genres and published more than ten books which explore the themes of race, class, gender, and finding one’s place across cultures.
Cisneros’s work doesn’t stop at authorship; she is also the founder of two non-profits, the Macondo Foundation and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation, which help writers break into the field, and she is the organizer of a community activist organization called Los MacArturos.
A celebrated wordsmith, Cisneros has won the American Book Award, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature. Barack Obama awarded Cisneros the National Medal of Arts in 2016.