Response to Literature #1 Title, author, response and a brief overall summary



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Response to Literature #1


  1. Title, author, response and a brief overall summary

  2. Background…uses details and,or quotes from the selection

  3. Personal connection…an anecdote…a memory

  4. Back + connection (no)

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(1) The short story “Seventh Grade” by Gary Soto was so good I almost wanted to go back to the seventh grade. (2)This story about a young man’s crush and his adventures to achieve notice from his one true love by taking a French class is entertaining and enjoyable. (3)It reminded me of the many times I was in love during seventh grade, usually it was with the senior girls since I went to a private boys school and only saw girls at the high school rally’s.

(indent 5 spaces) (TS) “Amigo Brothers” by Piri Thomas was an excellent story. It was a story about two “brothers” who were going to end up fighting. They knew that they did not want to hurt each other but that if they fought, that would probably happen. They decided to split up until the day of the fight. (s/r)As I was reading, I was taken back to the seventh grade with all of its angst and joy.(support/summary/background/r) During the seventh grade I too felt the need to prove myself, not only to my friends but to myself.

(summary/background)When Felix and his “Amigo Brother” learned that they were to fight each other, (r) it reminded me of growing up and realizing that men can fight in the ring and still be friends, stronger actually than they were before.

(summary/background) Before Antonio and Felix learned of the fight, they were constant companions. Each day the 17 year olds would run and work out together praising each others strengths and encouraging one another. When the news of their impending fight reached them, they were shocked and didn’t know what to do. Eventually they decided that it would be best to prepare for the fight separately. This was a difficult decision for both of them, but they knew that it had to be done. (r) The most difficult decisions in my life have occurred when I knew that something had to be done but I did not want to do it, but after the decision was made I realized that it was the best. (r) My grandmother always said that everything works out for the best.

(summary/background) On the day of the fight, both young men are prepared for the fight. (r) As they stepped into the ring I was filled with excitement. Piri Thomas built suspense throughout the short story urging me to turn each page. (summary/background) Once the fight began, both Felix and Antonio held nothing back. Felix “…came in fast, head low…and lashed out with a straight left” while Antonio “…danced, a joy to behold.” (r) I wanted the fight to stop; I wanted both to win, but I knew that there had to be a winner and subsequently a loser. I felt like I was watching my brother and sister competing. Come on brother! That’s right sister! Thomas had me right where he wanted me…on the edge of the page wanting more.

(summary/background) As the fight reached it final moments, I felt as if I was watching a Rocky movie but there were two Rockies in the ring. As the author stated, each fighter “…fought with mucho Corazon.” As the fight neared its climactic end, I was literally calling out for each fighter. “Come on Felix! Go for it Antonio!” It was as if the author was sensing my excitement because he had them continue even after the final bell for “…for their blows continued to pound on each other like hailstones.” Their intensity was overcome only by the ending when each fighter ran toward each other and “embraced’ with love and compassion for each other. (r) I had forgotten that every fight must had a winner and a loser, but I was wrong.

(r) As in life everyone can be a winner if there is respect and compassion. The story ends with the reader not knowing who won the fight, but by this time it is not important. Piri Thomas has reminded me that winning is not everything. What is truly important is friendship, honesty, and love.

(indent 5 spaces) (TS) “Amigo Brothers” by Piri Thomas was an excellent story.(s)As I was reading, (you might want to say it allowed you to make many personal connections) was taken back to the seventh grade with all of its angst (good vocab word!) and joy. (support/summary) During the seventh grade I too (what is the name of the character you are relating with?)felt the need to prove myself, not only to my friends but to myself.  (summary)When Felix and his “Amigo Brother” learned that they were to fight each other, it reminded me of growing up and realizing that men can fight in the ring and still be friends, stronger actually than they were before.  (Since I haven’t read the story yet, it is difficult for me to understand how proving something to yourself and your friends relates to fighting)

     Before the Antonio and Felix learned of the fight, they were constant companions. Each day the 17 year olds would run and work out together praising each others strengths and encouraging one another.  When the news of their impending (good vocab. Word) fight reached them, they were shocked and didn’t know what to do.  Eventually they decided that it would be best to prepare for the fight separately. This was a difficult decision for both of them, but they knew that it had to be done. (The way this connects to my life is…..)The most difficult decisions in my life have occurred when I knew that something had to be done but I did not want to do it, but after the decision was made I realized that it was the best. My grandmother always said that everything works out for the best. 

     On the day of the fight, both young men are prepared for the fight.  As they stepped into the ring I was filled with excitement. Piri  Thomas built suspense throughout the short story urging me to turn each page. Once the fight began, both Felix and Antonio held nothing back. Felix “…came in fast, head low,…and lashed out with a straight left” while Antonio “…danced, a joy to behold.” I wanted the fight to stop; I wanted both to win, but I knew that there had to be a winner and subsequently a loser. I felt like I was watching my brother and sister competing.  Come on brother! That’s right sister! Thomas had me right where he wanted me…on the edge of the page wanting more.  (you might want to let the reader of the essay know (by some type of tranisitional statement) when you are explaining how the story connects with your life)


     As the fight reached it final moments, I felt as if I was watching a Rocky movie but there were two Rockies in the ring.  As the author stated, each fighter “…fought with mucho corazon.”(translation maybe?) As the fight neared its climactic end, I was literally calling out for each fighter. “Come on Felix! Go for it Antonio!” It was as if the author was sensing my excitement because he had them continue even after the final bell for “…for their blows continued to pound on each other like hailstones.” Their intensity was overcome only the ending (awk)when each fighter ran toward each other and “embraced’ with love and compassion for each other. I  had  forgotten that every fight must had a (awk)winner and a loser, but I was wrong. As in life everyone can be a winner if there is  respect and compassion. The story ends with the reading (wrong word) not knowing who won the fight, but by this time it is not important.  Piri Thomas has reminded me that winning is not everything.  What is truly important is friendship, honesty, and love. (I enjoyed your last paragraph the best because it leaves me thinking about my own friendships, honesty, love.)

“Summer” by Walter Dean Myers is an awesome poem that reminds everyone why summer is the best time of year. It paints a picture of a perfect summer day with “Bugs buzzin from cousin to cousin.” My first thought, after reading “Summer”, flashed back to the wonderful days I spent with my grandmother during the hottest part of the year in the San Joaquin Valley.



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