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"Seventh Grade" by Gary Soto

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Transcript of "Seventh Grade" by Gary Soto

All of us have times when we're eager to make a good impression-- to win the approval of parents, teachers, or friends. But influencing how others see us isn't always easy.

In "Seventh Grade," a boy finds that trying to make a good impression can lead to some embarrassing moments.
How do you make a good impression?
Warm Up:
Your friend wants to make a good impression with another boy or girl. Write him/her a brief letter with effective advice and tips on how to make a good impression.

Model the skill:
Bella stood nervously on stage. She had to sing well to impress the talent scout. She took a deep breath and stopped. The microphone was off. She began again. Her voice soared. Later, the talent scout said, "We'd like to offer you a contract."
Creative Project
Imagine that Victor and Michael work as personalities on a radio talk show. A boy calls in to ask for their advice about how to impress girls. Your response should be based on details in the story of what the boys believe impresses girls.
Literary Analysis:
A plot is what happens in a story, and usually develops in five stages.

introduces the characters, the setting, and often the conflict, or struggle between forces.
rising action
moves the plot forward and shows how the conflict becomes more complicated.
is the moment of greatest interest. The "turning point" of the story.
falling action
reveals the outcome.

In each stage of plot development, events may explain past or present actions or hint at future actions.
As you read "Seventh Grade," notice how the characters, events, and setting contribute to the plot as it advances toward the climax.
Lesson Plan taught by Ms. Havranek
"Seventh Grade" by Gary Soto
Possible answers:
Bella is nervous but must sing well.

Rising Action
Microphone is off.

She sings well.

She gets a contract.
Identify plot elements:
Rising action
Falling action
Identify Plot Stages:
The plot of "Seventh Grade" centers on Victor's attempts to impress Teresa. Look at the story and match the plot stages to the diagram shown below. Fill in what happens at each stage of the plot.
Plot Stages:
a. Obstacles keep Victor from talking to Teresa.
b. Victor pretends to speak French to impress her.
c. Teresa asks Victor to help her study. He's happy.
d. Victor wants to make Teresa
"his girl."
e. Teresa tells Victor his French was good.

: Victor wants to make Teresa "his girl."

Rising action
: Obstacles keep Victor from talking to Teresa.

: Victor pretends to speak French to impress her.

Falling action
: Teresa tells Victor his French was good.

: Teresa asks Victor to help her study. He's happy.
Practice and Apply
: To shake with a slight but rapid motion; vibrate; tremble
To remain in a place longer than usual or expected; a reluctance to leave.
: Rather heavy or fat.
Extreme or intense.
Embarrassed or bashful; having done something foolish
: Corresponding exactly; together
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