Watch Sandra Cisneros read her own short story, "Eleven" and answer the following questions: Who is the author's audience? Who is the speaker of the story? What do you learn about the author? What is the subject of the story? What is the author's purpose? What do you believe is bothering the author about life or human behavior to cause her to write this story? Bring your answers to these questions to class. (After "Eleven" Ms. Cisneros also reads an excerpt from a novel she is working on...it is your choice whether you listen to this excerpt or not.)
Sandra Cisneros, Reading, 8 Oct. 1996 from Lannan Foundation on Vimeo.