Seventh Grade by Gary Soto Activities

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

Gary Soto's short story ''Seventh Grade'' is a fun read. These activities will help students explore the story and can open discussions about short stories and writing.

Seventh Grade by Gary Soto

''Seventh Grade'' is a short story written by American author Gary Soto about a young boy starting the seventh grade. It's a fun and compelling work of short fiction that you can use to help students think about character, story, and writing. The following activities will provide some unique ways for students to engage with Soto's short story.

Seventh Grade by Gary Soto Activities

Write the Next Chapter

''Seventh Grade'' is a short story, but what if it was just the first chapter of an entire book? Ask students to think about the conflicts and issues introduced in this story. Students will then outline an entire story that could be built off of Soto's ''Seventh Grade''. Students will list out the basic plot of their story, including the central conflict, climax, and resolution. They will then write the second chapter of this book, to follow the story written by Soto.

  • Materials: Copies of ''Seventh Grade'', writing supplies

Victor's Student ID

For this activity, students are going to create the student ID that Victor would receive on his first day of school. Provide students with a blank index card. On this, students are going to draw a picture of Victor. They will also write out his personality, classes for the semester, and interests. After students have completed the ID card, have a class discussion about ''Seventh Grade''. Ask students how Soto was able to give us a clear picture of who Victor is in only a short story. How did students know what to write on the ID card about Victor's personality and interests?

  • Materials: Copies of ''Seventh Grade'', blank index cards, art and craft supplies as desired

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