“Seventh Grade” by Gary Soto

Today in class we read “Seventh Grade” by Gary Soto. Students were assigned five reading comprehension questions which will be due at the beginning of class on Tuesday, 5 September 2017. Answers must be in complete sentences.

To access “Seventh Grade” online, click here. To access in Spanish, click here. The questions are listed below:

  1. What is the main reason Victor wants to take French?
  2. How does Victor respond when Teresa talks to him after homeroom?
  3. Explain the events that happen after Victor tells Mr. Bueller that he speaks French.
  4. Compare and contrast Michael’s efforts to impress girls with Victor’s efforts to impress Teresa. Give examples from the story.
  5. The French teacher, Mr. Bueller, realizes that Victor is faking his knowledge of French. Identify the event from Mr. Bueller’s past that leads him to keep the truth to himself. In what way does his decision help advance the plot?

Journal Prompts 6-10

Journal #6

How have the first two weeks of seventh grade been? Has it been what you expected? Why or why not? How do you hope the rest of the year goes?

Journal #7

Write about an awkward experience you had. What made it so uncomfortable?

Journal #8

What do you think when you look at past photos of yourself?

Journal #9

Write about a time that someone has stood up for you or write about a time when you stood up for someone else. If you can’t think of a situation, write about a time that you wish someone had defended you.

Journal #10

Free write. Students may write down whatever comes to mind.

Journal Prompts 1-5

Journal #1
Free write. Students may write down whatever comes to mind.
Journal #2
What is something that people often assume about you? Are they correct or incorrect in their assumptions? How do their assumptions make you feel? Explain.
Journal #3
What does art mean to you? Do you identify as an artist? Why or why not? Explain using details and *anecdotes.
*anecdote: a short account of a particular incident or event, especially of an interesting or amusing nature
Journal #4
When people first meet you, what do you want them to think about you? How do you hope they remember you? What do you do (or wish you did) to influence their opinion?
Journal #5
Free write. Students may write down whatever comes to mind.

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s)…

Happy New (School) Year!

The beginning of each semester brings with it the promise of possibility—a fresh start. As your child’s English teacher, I could not be more excited to welcome the new school year and, with it, the potential each student brings.

It is my belief that a love for learning is the key to achieving one’s dreams, and I fully believe in the power of knowledge to transform lives. It is this guiding principal that has directed my own pursuit of education, first at Whittier College, where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in English and Creative Writing, and currently at Claremont Graduate University, where I am working towards a Master’s Degree in Education. Education and, more specifically, the study of language and literature, have been crucial in shaping my identity, and I hope to effectively communicate their value in my classroom.

It is my goal to inspire each of my students to be confident, creative, and compassionate enough to share their minds and their hearts, and I cannot do so without your help. Please encourage your child to persevere by holding them accountable for their homework and health. As we guide your child to success, please keep in mind that learning is an ongoing process–mistakes are not only inevitable but are essential to fostering growth. Everyone learns differently, and it is only through patience and positivity that our goals are achieved.

If there are ever any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at kstarr@thesae.k12.ca.us and I will return your email as soon as possible. As a teacher, my success is my students’ success, so communication is key.

I look forward to an amazing year of learning!


Mrs. Starr