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Gary Soto – Seventh Grade

Seventh Grade – Gary Soto 

This task is all about efficiency and how we can improve, this is because this week’s work is short and simple unlike other tasks in the past. And we are reading Seventh Grade by Gary Soto. Click the title above to read it yourself! Or listen my very own voice over of the story it the bottom of this blog post.

Contents on this blog post.

  1. Story question/Response to Text
  2. My voice over rubric
  3. The voice over itself


  • To monitor ourselves to fully complete the task.
  • To read out loud with expression and fluency.

What is our success criteria?

  • Make sure that the task is completed by Friday.
  • I will read clearly with punctuation.

First some questions

Answer the following questions about Seventh Grade.

Scroll down to see the voiceover and it’s rubric.



Question Answer
What background information do you learn about Victor? Victor is a boy in Fresno who went to Saint Theresa’s with Teresa who is Victor’s crush.
When the boys scowl, the girls look at them. What might the girls be thinking? The girls think that they might be nice but won’t take it seriously.
What obstacles are getting in the way of Victor making Teresa “his girl”? Won’t speak confidently and French properly.
How does the tension increase now that Victor and Teresa are in the same class together? The tension already encrusted when Victor had a thought about Teresa being in French class with him because Teresa was in French back Saint Theresa’s.
Why did the teacher turn his back and walk to the blackboard? To make the class sing the lyrics on the blackboard.

Or to not make Victor embarrassed.

The French teacher, Mr. Bueller, realises that Victor is faking his knowledge of French, yet he does not let on about it. What impression does Mr. Bueller’s action tell you about him as a person and as a teacher? He is a pretty chill teacher, I think that he doesn’t yell that much and he resolves problems whether it’s awkwardly faking French and helping people do french.



Create an audiobook version of the story. 

  • Using Online Voice Recorder or another recording tool, record yourself reading ‘Seventh Grade’. 
  • Make sure you listen to this version first. Try to read at a similar speed and tone. 
  • Record yourself for at least 5 minutes. 
  • Listen back to yourself reading and score yourself using this rubric
  • Share you’re recording and marked rubric on your blog


Voice Over Rubric

This is a rubric for my voice over version of Seventh Grade.

 If you don’t know what a rubric is, a rubric is an awesome way to record data and mark your own work. There will be 4 topics that will score from 1-4 and then out of 16 overall. In this case, it is to show how fluent my reading was in the recording aka the voice over. So I recommend listening to the voice over BEFORE checking the rubric.

 And to listen to my voice over, listen to it below this slideshow.


The Voice over

This is the voice over to Seventh Grade made by ME. It also includes a short description of who Gary Soto is as extra because I was having a fun time that day.

PS: I didn’t say the French teacher (Mr Bueller) correctly so please bear with me near the end of the story, Thanks!

PENN 2023

I am a presenter for PENN, the Pt England News Network. PENN is a television show airing from Monday to Thursday. What I do for PENN is presenting information (like sport) to show to the school via the TV. But you also do stuff like setting up the green screen or turning on the red light. But I also do something else that is special. I fill in information for the Weather segment. Where I find temperatures and sun times using MetService. Then I find tides and water temperatures using Safe Swim. But that’s not all! I am also currently working on a new and improved Weather section for the news with new graphics and information, like a new upgrade instead of standing telling the viewer. Now the presenter gets to move their entire arm to show the viewer what the presenter is actually talking about.  I’m planning to add a weather warning slide w7here a mini diagram is shown to the viewer about the following warning in our area, in this case Pt England.

For more information about how I find information for weather and see more of the new and improved weather, please watch this video featuring your one and only.

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