Seventh Grade

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Title: “Seventh Grade”

Author: Gary Soto

Vocabulary:

- Conviction: belief

-Elective: optional course or subject

-Sheepishly: in ashy or embarrassed way

Setting: The setting of the story is in the past, in Fresno, California at a school.

Main characters:

- Michael

-Victor

Characterization:

- Michael is directly characterized, “He scowled and let his upper lip quiver. His teeth showed along with the ferocity of his soul.”

- Victor is indirectly characterized, “He felt foolish, until out of the corner of his eye he saw a girl looking at him.”

Point of View:

The point of view of this story is third person omniscient because we know the thoughts and feelings of all the characters. An example is “He wanted to leave when she did so he could bump into her and say something clever.”

Plot:

This story is about a boy named Victor who is willing to do anything to get a girl named Teresa to like him. They are both in seventh grade and he is trying to get any class with her so he can impress her. When he finds out that she is taking French he goes for the opportunity and takes French class also, thinking it’s so easy. When he gets into the classroom the teacher asks if anyone knows French. Without thinking Victor raised his hand and says he’s taken a class on it before. But when he try’s to talk, the teacher knew he was lying about knowing French just to impress Teresa. At the end of the class Teresa still thought that Victor is really good at French and asks if he can help her out after school one day. Victor now knows in his head, that he is going to have a chance with Teresa.

Rising Action:

The rising action happens when they found out that they were taking the French class together. This is significant because he had been trying to get a class with

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