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"Seventh Grade" by Gary Soto

Students will hit many common core standards while reading this short story.
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Kathleen Loomis

on 29 August 2016

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Transcript of "Seventh Grade" by Gary Soto

Common Core Standards
Reading Literature
I CAN...

1. determine plot events
(RL7. 1 and 7.3.2a)

2. make inferences
(RL 7.2)

3. determine character traits through indirect characterization (RL
7.3)

4. determine word meanings
(RL7.4)

Getting Started:
"Seventh Grade" by Gary Soto


"Seventh Grade" is a narrative.
Please answer these questions.



1. What is a narrative?

2. Does it have to be fiction or nonfiction?

3. What is the purpose of a narrative?

4. Can you identify the 6 parts of a narrative?

Take a guess before you progress!

1. ?
2. ?
3. ?
4. ?
5. ?
6. ?


"Seventh Grade" is a narrative.

MAKE A PREDICTION!
5. What do you think this narrative might be about?



1. Characters: Who the story is about.

2. Setting: Where the story takes place. (Time, place and mood.)

3. Narrator/Point of view: Who is telling the story? The voice of the story and their perspective

4. Plot: What happens in the story?

5. Conflict: What struggles do the characters face?

6. Theme: What is the message or lesson of the story?
VOCABULARY in CONTEXT
Story words for you to know....

7. scowl: (verb)
To make an unpleasant expression.


8. trudge: (verb)
To walk slowly
He
propels
the frisbee!
9. propel: (verb)
to move forward
elective:
A class you get to pick.
Her elective was mechanics!
conviction: a strong belief
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke with conviction about equal rights for all citizens.
13. linger: (verb)
to hang around

The kids
lingered
in the park.

The boy
scowled
at the man.
The donkey
trudges
through the mountains!
9. sprint: (verb)
to run quickly
The cheetah
sprinted
after his prey!
10. portly: (adjective)
heavy or fat
This short story's
setting
is Fresno, California.

The author, Gary Soto, grew up in Fresno, California. A large number of Latinos, whose families are originally from Spanish speaking countries, are employed in Fresno's vineyards.

As a child Gary Soto didn't think he was going to be a writer.
Background information:
Comprehension Questions:

1. What was the main reason Victor wanted to take French?
2. How does Victor react to Teresa talking to him after homeroom?
3. Compare and contrast Michael's and Victor's ways of impressing the girls.
4. When the teacher figures out that Victor really doesn't know French, why doesn't he say anything (page 255)?

8. Idioms:

1. Can you find 3 idioms in the story?

2. What is an idiom?
An expression that has a certain meaning particular to a region or culture.

3. Explain what each of these idioms means.



6. This story is told from which point of view ? (first or third person?)

7. How does Teresa influence Victor's actions and thoughts?

8. How does Michael influence Victor's actions and thoughts?

9. Explain Victor's motivation for pretending to speak French.
Examine Victor's motivation and behavior. Based on these, what is the theme of the story?

10. Describe the setting of this story. How does the setting influence Victor's thoughts and actions?


The end!

Awesome job!
Another enjoyable narrative:
We will fill in our story map as we listen to the narrative.
The pig has a
portly
figure.
10. bluff:

(Verb)
To pretend or deceive
8. sheepishly: (adverb)
embarrassed, or bashful
She
sheepishly
peeked out!
11.
12.
Cruella Deville
bluffed
the other players during the poker game.
(noun)
(noun)
CHECK YOUR DEFINITIONS!
Please upgrade your notes where necessary!
7. PLOT DIAGRAM
Please add these terms and definitions to your notes!
1. A
narrative
has story elements.

2. It can be
fiction
or
nonfiction
.

3. The purpose of a narrative is to
persuade
,
inform, and/or entertain.
Make sure you hold onto your notes for use in class and to study for the vocabulary quiz!
Please write down the "I can" statements!
Answers
Compare your answers to these...
1. Characters
2. Setting
3. Narrator (point of view)
4. Plot
5. Conflict
6. Theme
6 Parts of a Narrative
Watch the video to determine the meaning of each term.
LEARNING TARGETS
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