BEFORE READING QUESTION
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.
What tips have you heard about how to make a good impression? Create a list of the suggestions you think are most effective.
How to make a good impression:
Stand up straight.
Why may someone want to make a good impression?
It’s natural to want people to like you. Explain if it is ever right to pretend to know more than you do.
In “Seventh Grade,” a boy finds that trying to make a good impression can lead to some embarrassing moments. Can you think of a time where you may have been embarrassed in school? Write a few sentences in your journal about your experience.
VOCABULARY Directions: Using the PowerPoint, write the definition and part of speech of each vocabulary word.
A. Use context clues to determine which word from the box best completes the sentence. Write the word in the space provided.
1. The football coach said the team needed ____________________ and complete commitment to win.
2. Knowing that Teresa was nearby, Victor would ____________________ in the hallway instead of going straight to class.
3. When Michael scowled, his upper lip would ____________________ slightly, although the rest of his face was did not move.
4. The student raised her hand confidently, but when she realized she did not know the answer, she put it down ____________________.
5. Mr. Lucas was a ____________________ man, but he was light on his feet.
6. The speech was unclear when Michael and Teresa spoke in ____________________, so they decided to speak one at a time.
B. For each word in the first column, find a word or phrase in the second column that has the opposite meaning. Write the letter of that phrase on the line.
____ 1. ferocity A. separately
C. Write a paragraph in your journal about what things were like for you during your first few days of seventh grade. Include at least three vocabulary words. You must have at least 5 complete sentences.
Name _______________________________________ Date _____________________
Literary Analysis Plot
A plot is what happens in a story. Look for these parts of a plot:
• The exposition introduces the characters and setting and often the conflict, or struggle between forces.
• Rising action shows how the conflict gets more complicated.
• The climax is the moment of greatest interest.
• Falling action and resolution show the outcome.
Directions: Make a list of the most important events in the story. Then plot the events on the diagram that follows.
1. Victor gets his class schedule, which includes French class.
Name _______________________________________ Period ______________
When you connect with characters in a story, you find common ground with the characters by relating your knowledge and experiences with theirs.
Directions: As you read, use this chart to help you make connections. Note events and details from the story. Then describe these events relate to your own experiences. The example shows how one student connected to the story. Your own connection to the same event might be different.
What’s Happening in the Story
Connection to My Life
Victor waits half an hour for his class schedule.
I had to wait even longer than that on the first day of school last year.
8. Make Judgments Victor wants to impress Teresa. He finally does impress her at the end of the story. However, her good impression of him is based on something that isn’t true. Underline a word or phrase in parentheses, and then complete the following sentence.
I ( think/ do not think) a good impression should always be based on the truth because
“Seventh Grade” by Gary Soto
Figurative Language Figurative language is language that is not intended to be understood in a strict literal sense. Many everyday expressions are figurative. When you ask someone “to lend a hand”, you are speaking figuratively. You are asking for that person’s help. When used imaginatively, figurative language adds a dimension of meaning to speech or writing.
The term figure of speech is often used for a specific kind figurative language. Two common figures of speech are simile and metaphor. A simile uses “like” or “as” to express a comparison between two different things. A metaphor compares two unlike items or events without the use of like or as.
The bell rang for first period, and the students herded noisily through the door. (page 14)
Simile or metaphor? _________________________________
Explain the comparison __________________________________________
Directions: Find two more examples of similes or metaphors in our story “Seventh Grade”. Copy the complete sentence. Explain the comparison the author intends.
1. Copy the sentence___________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________