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Finding Home: The House on Mango Street

Lesson 19 - Literary Analysis Writing


Draft strong, logical introductory and concluding statements.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros 

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

The House on Mango Street is part of our year-long study of what it means to be American. How would Esperanza define the American Dream? Write an essay in which you answer this question by providing multiple examples and pieces of textual evidence to support your thesis.

Your essay must be at least four paragraphs and should:

  • Include a clear, logical, original thesis statement
  • Include a strong introductory and conclusion paragraph
  • Include multiple pieces of textual evidence
  • Include strong analysis
  • Establish and maintain a formal style

Lesson Guidance

  • Have students recall the purpose of an introduction and a conclusion paragraph. How are they similar and how are they different? Why would we write introductions and conclusions after our body paragraphs?
  • Remind students that an introductory paragraph of a literary analysis is usually more formal than an informational essay; there are pieces that should always be included in an introduction. It should orient the reader—what book are we talking about, what is the topic of the essay, what is the writer arguing in this essay?
  • Remind students that a conclusion is not just a carbon copy of the introduction, nor is it a place to state their thesis statement word for word. Provide examples of different ways that someone could tweak their thesis statement in their concluding paragraph so that it is not repetitive.
  • Have students draft their introductions and conclusions. Complete a show-call if you see common misconceptions.

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Common Core Standards

  • W.7.1 — Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

  • W.7.1.a — Introduce claim(s), acknowledge alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.

  • W.7.1.e — Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.