Seventh Grade

Seventh Grade – Gary Soto 


First some questions

Answer the following questions about Seventh Grade.


Question Answer
What background information do you learn about Victor? He has a friend called michael. He has a crush, Teresa, He joined French and maths class just so he could be in the same class as her. Very bad at nearly every subject. Is in the Seventh grade
When the boys scowl, the girls look at them. What might the girls be thinking? “What the? Mr Wisemen i think the boys have sour patches in their bags or something because they’re making that ugly face”
What obstacles are getting in the way of Victor making Teresa “his girl”? His confidence would be his biggest. He never tried to outright talk to Teresa and have a good conversation, He relied on awkward bumps. He should be lucky that teresa starts the conversation at the end of the story
How does the tension increase now that Victor and Teresa are in the same class together? It puts tension because you don’t know what could happen next. In romance movies it’s usually revealed that the love interest has a bully of a boyfriend which the protagonist has to overcome to prove his love or something. I really thought that was going to be the case for this story. Back to tension, tension’s probably at it’s peak when Victor makes a fool of himself in class.
Why did the teacher turn his back and walk to the blackboard? To be completely honest i don’t know, I would have to guess out of disappointment and not wanting to have the main focus being everyone making fun of him
The French teacher, Mr. Bueller, realises that Victor is faking his knowledge of French, yet he does not let on about it. What impression does Mr. Bueller’s action tell you about him as a person and as a teacher? This tells the viewer that this teacher is at the bare minimum borderline acceptable.This form of kindness in boy terms pretty much means that we owe you our life. Because if he were to call him out and have him removed from french class that would not only be a meanie movie but also ruin his chances of getting with teresa.But there is one singular problem that being that if he falsely grades victor until he graduates, It would be setting a terrible example for children (that’s if a five year old can read this) and a massive abuse of power. But otherwise this man is a wonderful person 



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  • Using Online Voice Recorder or another recording tool, record yourself reading ‘Seventh Grade’. 
  • Make sure you listen to this version first. Try to read at a similar speed and tone. 
  • Record yourself for at least 5 minutes. 
  • Listen back to yourself reading and score yourself using this rubric
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