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Vocabulary for "Seventh Grade" by Gary Soto

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Rebecca Alburn

on 9 September 2013

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Transcript of Vocabulary for "Seventh Grade" by Gary Soto

Today we are going to read a short story titled "Seventh Grade" by Gary Soto.
I can use strategies to determine the meaning of unknown words.
When you come across unknown words, what strategies do you use?
Getting Started:

Before we read, let's talk about some vocabulary that we will encounter in the story.

A hard serious look on your face.

He propels the frisbee!
propel: to move forward
elective: a class you get to choose
Her elective was mechanics!
conviction: say with confidence
He spoke with conviction!
lingered (waiting, to be slow in parting or in quitting something)
The kids lingered in the park.
This boy is scowling!
The donkey trudges through the mountains!
sheepishly: shy
sprint: to run quickly
She sheepishly peeked out!
The cheetah sprinted after his prey!
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:
Turn & Talk!
and … they shook hands raza-style (handshake between good friends)
Siberia (extreme cold temperatures, a region in Russia)
ferocity (extreme or intense)
saludo de vato (greeting, head nod “what’s up”)
also conviction
Catechism (classes for learning about the Catholic faith)
blushed (embarrassed)
trudged (to walk in a laborious, heavy-footed way; plod)
portly (heavy or rotund of body : stout)
bustled (moved energetically and busily)
populace (a group of people forming the total population of a certain place)
He scowled with ferocity.
As we read the story, pay attention to the context of these vocabulary words.
(student volunteer will write
words on a vocabulary poster)
Your exit slip today requires you to determine the meaning of words & phrases from the story based on clues you find in the text.
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