Tag: Reading

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!

Writing: Would you rather?

Would you rather go 100 years in the past or 100 years into the future?

I would like to go 100 years into the future because it can be more exciting. Bring in 2122 will be awesome because the technogy is fun to use. School will be different because pencil and paper will not be used. Business will get wealthy because the worth of the dollar will increase. If I travel to the past, it will be unsafe because it will be common to the executed.So it would be safe in the future.

Response: Beijing

Beijing, China – Questions



Highlight the correct answer for each question.




1)  How long has Beijing been China’s centre for Government?

  1. a)  Almost 20 years b) Almost 200 years

     c)Almost 800 years d)  Almost 80 years


2) Which two rivers does Beijing sit between?

  1. a) Yongding and Yellow Rivers b)  Yangtze and Yellow Rivers
  2. c)  Chobai and Yangtze RIvers d)  Yongding and Chobai Rivers


3) After not letting people in for hundreds of years, what is the Forbidden City now?

  1. a) A theme park b) A government building
  2. c) A museum d) A military base


4) Which of Beijing’s Parks contains the “Temple of Heaven”?

  1. a)  Beihai Park b)  Tiantan Park
  2. c)  Tiananmen Square d)  Cornwall Park


5)  Who was the leader responsible for naming Beijing “Dadu” in the 1200’s?

  1. a)  Vladimir Putin b)  Donald Trump
  2. c) Kublai Khan d) Ghengis Khan


6) Tiananmen Square is one of the most famous places in Beijing, but what is a “Tiananmen”?

A gate that is widely known in China.


7) Beijing does something that is “unlike” other big cities – what is it?

Grow fruits and veges in the city itself.

8) Do you think it is important for countries to look after ancient and old places like The Forbidden City?

 Explain your answer in 2 or more sentences

The history is really important beacause people in the future can learn about it. And the culture in it is important.