Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros (b. 1954) was born in Chicago to a Mexican father and a Mexican-American mother. Cisneros attended Loyola University in Chicago and graduated in 1976 with an English degree. Her writing skills blossomed at the prestigious University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she completed her master’s degree in 1978. Cisneros returned to Chicago and began her first book, The House on Mango Street (1983), a series of narratives told by a girl growing up in a Chicago barrio. Cisneros has been awarded two National Endowments for the Arts grants and a MacArthur. Cisneros currently lives in San Antonio, Texas, where she conducts workshops at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and works on an autobiographical essay collection entitled Writing in My Pajamas.

EMC is proud to feature the works of Sandra Cisneros within Mirrors & Windows. You can view samples of the selections below.

 

Cisneros's short story, "Eleven", is featured in Unit 1 of Mirrors & Windows Level 1/Grade 6. Here is a sample from the Teacher Edition:

 

Cisneros's lyric poem, "Abuelito Who", is featured in Unit 5 of Mirrors & Windows Level 1/Grade 6. Here is a sample from the Teacher Edition:

 

Cisneros' narrative poem, "Good Hot Dogs", is featured in Unit 5 of Mirrors & Windows Level 1/Grade 6. Here is a sample from the Student Edition:

 

Cisneros's short story, "Four Skinny Trees", is featured in Unit 2 of Mirrors & Windows Level 2/Grade 7.  Here is a sample from the Student Edition:

 

Cisneros' personal essay, "Only Daughter", is featured in Unit 2 of Mirrors & Windows Level 4/Grade 9. Here is a sample from the Student Edition:

 

Cisneros's short story, "Geraldo No Last Name", is featured in Unit 6 of Mirrors & Windows Level 5/Grade 10. Here is a sample from the Student Edition:

 

Cisneros's essay, "Straw into Gold: The Metamorphosis of the Everyday", is featured in Unit 9 of Mirrors & Windows Level 6/Grade 11. Here is a sample from the Student Edition: