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Finding Home: The House on Mango Street

Lesson 9 - Narrative Writing


Draft a strong conclusion to vignettes.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros  — "My Name"

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

In The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros introduces many aspects of her narrator, Esperanza, through the vignette “My Name.” In this task, you will write your own “My Name” vignette, in which you describe the literal and figurative meaning of your name in order to provide your reader a better sense of who you are as a person.

Your vignette must be at least five paragraphs and should:

  • Establish a clear narrator’s voice
  • Include at least one additional character
  • Use precise words and phrases
  • Use descriptive details
  • Use vivid sensory language
  • Provide a strong conclusion

Lesson Guidance

  • Read the final paragraph aloud (it’s very short!).
  • What information is provided in the last paragraph? How does this paragraph develop our understanding of the narrator?
  • You will write a final paragraph where you say either what names you might rather have—if you don’t like your name—or list names that you’re glad you don’t have if you do like your name. This final paragraph should make it clear how you feel about your name.
  • Students should write two concluding sentences within the structure laid out in the vignette.

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Common Core Standards

  • W.7.3 — Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

  • W.7.3.e — Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on the narrated experiences or events.