Chips and Salsa

Don’t you hate it when you have too much of one and not enough of the other? There has to be the appropriate amount of chips to salsa for it to work, to taste good.

Or Thinking Rhetorically.


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End of Cisneros’ Stories

The last stories are much more subtle in their messages than the first stories. To understand these stories you need to read carefully, closely, in between the lines. Try to figure out what is the author’s purpose.

  • Why did the author write this?
  • What is the author’s purpose?
  • What is the lesson or message?

There was a Man, There was a Woman (133)

There was a Man, There was a Woman Video


Smart Reading

We read for ideas, to deepen our understanding, provide background information, sharpen critical thinking, and to look at alternative view points.
  • Read to deepen what you already know.
  • Read above your level of knowledge.
  • Read what makes you uncomfortable.
  • Read against the grain.
  • Read slowly.
  • Annotate what you read.

How to Read a Book Summary

Free Writing

We worked on finding lessons in our story. Comment below with your chips and salsa for the story.

  • Chip: The lesson
  • Salsa: Evidence from the story
  • Explain: Explain the evidence and how it helps us see the chip, lesson we took away from the story.

Sample Essays

The Misfits

Loving a Broken Girl

The Hidden Complexities of Clemencia


  • Chapter 5 (“And Yet”: Distinguishing What You Say from What They Say)
  • Read SANDRA CISNEROS “Bien Pretty” (137) JOURNAL 7