Here are two websitesyou can use todownload the story...I can"t remember if it is in our text book or not...

You are watching: 7th grade story by gary soto


The students can use this to site to gather information about the author before they read the story. I would sign up for the lab and have them use this site to gather information. You will need to decide if you give them specific information that they should find or leave it more open. Lower level classes need more structure on this…more advanced classes need less.
You might also have student predict what this short story will be about…tell them not to simply say it will be about 7th grade, but rather something way more specific about the plot of the story.
Have students take their journal to the lab and go to this website which is posted on my weblog to copy the vocabulary words and their meaning…
· Once you have completed all the prereading activities you can have the students read the story and then complete the following:
2. You can sign up for the lab and have students go to the website below and answer the questions in their journals.
I would project this on the screen as a whole class and talk through how the theme is developed…
“Seventh Grade,” by Gary Soto tells a story about how Victor, a young boy who wishes to make Teresa his girl, struggles to overcome his shyness and nerves to make a good impression. Initially, he is encouraged when he finds that he and Teresa share several classes including English and French. In French class, he foolishly decides to pretend that he knows how to speak the language. While he does not fool the teacher, Teresa was impressed and approaches him after class asking that he tutor her. The teacher, Mr. Bueller, wisely remembers his own youthful foolishness and does not give away Victor’s secret. Cashing in on the teacher’s kindness, Victor decides to go to the library and check out extra books on learning to speak French.
·Now after you have completed all the various activities you can show these two short videos of the short story.After viewing them you can have students do a compare and contrast activity with the videos.
1. Read / research something about Gary Soto. Include interesting information about him. Where he’s from, how his family migrated to the US, his family background, education, love life etc. You may paste a picture in your document.
2. Victor tries to impress Teresa, what were those ways that he did to catch Teresa’s attention.

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4.What is Victor’s impression of Teresa? How does he view her. Name the qualities she has that Victor likes.
6.How did Mr. Bueller help Victor? Is there any person who somehow helps you become closer to someone you like? What are the things he / she does to you? · Here is another activity you can complete. If you use this one you will need to review letter writing. Students do not write real letters any more so they lack the basic letter writing skills:
Put yourself in their shoes! Pick a role, audience and topic and then write a letter from the perspective of one of the characters. Please remember to write at least 10 sentences and use the rubric below!