APillionaries—Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
· The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros
Homework Due: Final Draft of Poetry Definition Essay
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
· Question: How many of you had ONE or more of your fifty-word stories turn out well enough to put in your portfolio?
· I will get them back to you today during class.
Horror Story Reminder:
· Let me share a horror story from last term. It is sad, and you may cry a little…. Don’t be ashamed.
· Continue REVISING one of the four pieces!
· If you finish one revision, start the next one. Good luck!
CPR--Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
1. What actually happened to Esperanza?
a. All the books and magazines told it wrong—she was assaulted, but not raped. Magazines wouldn’t talk about sex.
b. “What he did and where he touched me”—she did get raped.
c. “I didn’t want it, Sally”—he raped her.
d. “Sally, you lied; it wasn’t what you said at all.” E wasn’t okay with everything that happened, but she and Sally had talked about it before.
e. “dirty fingernails; sour breath; moon watching; boys ran away”—he raped her, and there were all these witnesses
f. “He wouldn’t let me go.”
g. Maybe no definitive evidence, but she was definitely sexually assaulted.
h. “Don’t make me tell it all.”—so maybe we’re not supposed to know for sure.
i. “The one who grabbed me by the arm and wouldn’t let me go.”--force
2. Were the clowns actually watching?
3. What did Sally lie to her about?
a. Sally says it’s great, but E. didn’t have that experience.
4. What happened to Sally?
5. Is the “big boy” Sally’s husband now?
6. What books and movies make this sound okay? (magazines)
7. What happened when the “colors begin to whirl”?
8. How many boy(s) were involved?
9. Is Esperanza actually talking to Sally, or is this chapter just E. talking to us?
10. Is the “big boy” derogatory? Why? He refers to her as a Spanish girl?
a. The “big boy” is the one Sally went off with.
11. Was Sally aware of what was happening to E?
12. What makes Sally a liar?
13. THE SKY TIPPED! Look at the sky in the rest of the novel—really positive, an escape. Now this motif is “tipping”—she’s losing her innocence.