“Darius & the Clouds” Activity

My students finish assessments at different points–this is a given–but it makes it essential to create extension activities and keep them busy and focused on the classroom curriculum. For an extension activity once my students were finished with their I Am Assessments, I created this–a reading and writing activity for the vignette “Darius & the Clouds” which we were not reading as a large group.  Continue reading

Role of Women

The role of women is a huge theme in House on Mango Street, even in the early vignettes. Today’s lesson focused on “Marin” and “Alicia Who Is Afraid of Mice” and my eighth graders compared/contrasted the two girls and related their stories to the already existing theme of the degradation of Mexican women.  Continue reading

Intro to House on Mango Street – WebQuest

As my eighth graders were finishing up their collaborative discussions on people who have persevered, I wanted to transition into the next unit–House on Mango Street–so I created a WebQuest that they could work on when they weren’t discussing with their groups! A great time-saver and way to have them learn independently and still be productive towards finishing their previous unit.  Continue reading