Essay Prompts for “Woman Hollering Creek” by Sandra Cisneros



Essay Writing Prompts – Choose one of the following:

  1. In Woman Hollering Creek, Sandra Cisneros explores the connections between gender, culture and language and its impact on our identity. Choose one or more of the following short stories listed below. What is the theme (lesson/message) or recurring themes of these stories? Explain using textual details.
  2. How does Sandra Cisneros challenge stereotypes of Latina women in her stories from Woman Hollering Creek? Explain using examples from the texts below.
  3. Gloria Anzaldúa once wrote in Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, that “To survive the Borderlands you must live sin fronteras, be a crossroads.” How are the characters in Cisneros’s stories living in the “borderlands” of language, gender and culture? Explain using examples from the texts.

Choose one or more of the following short stories from Woman Hollering Creek:

  • “Eleven” (6)
  • “Barbie-Q” (14)
  • “One Holy Night” (27)
  • “My Tocaya” (36)
  • “Woman Hollering Creek” (43)
  • “Never Marry a Mexican” (68)
  • “Bien Pretty” (137)

You may also choose to use the following texts below in your essay:

Writing Criteria:

  • Well-organized multiple-paragraph essay.
  • A clear thesis statement (main argument).
  • Textual evidence with analysis (quotes must be cited with page numbers in MLA Format).
  • Checked for spelling/grammar/mechanics.

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UC Personal Insight Questions


Students need to write two essays answering the UC Personal Inquiry Questions. Each essay is limited to 350 words each. These can be used later when applying to college. Students may also choose to use the Common App Questions instead (650 word max).

Here are some helpful resources for writing your college Personal Statement:

Don’t procrastinate! The key is to revise, revise, revise…

Student Success Essay


“Old School Classroom” – Mississippi Mike, Flickr

Essential Questions:

  • What is the key to student success?
  • How can we design a school culture for student motivation?
  • According to researchers, what is the best way for students to learn?
  • What are the benefits of students learning on their own?
  • What should be the role of the teacher in the classroom?

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Walkout Essay


Writing Prompt: Is walking out of school to protest a powerful or pointless exercise? Do students have a right to express their beliefs this way? How much responsibility and control do schools have in this situation? Write a strong persuasive essay, arguing one side of the debate about student protests. Back up your ideas with specific textual details from articles, videos, and research.

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