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*CR/ICE Mini-Sample ("7th Grade")


Lisa Bernstein

10/6/20

“7th Grade” Constructed Response Essay

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    “7th Grade” by Gary Soto is a realistic short story about one boy’s drive to get the girl of his dreams.   He spends his first day of school practicing ways to impress her and stalking her around the building.   The author presents a realistic version of the life of a 7th grader.

Introduction:

-Title, author

-Overview

-Claim/thesis

    One way the author creates a realistic vision of 7th grade life is through the development of realistic characters.     At one point in his day Victor gets the chance to impress Teresa as they’re finally in class together.  The author writes, “Mr. Bueller asked if anyone knew French.  Victor raised his hand, wanting to impress Teresa…”La me vave me con le grandma,” he said uncertainly” (lines 127-133).   This clearly presents a realistic portrayal of a 7th grader.   Wanting to impress someone you like when you’re first interested in dating is common.   Sadly, we don’t always make the best choices when our emotions are involved or we’re under pressure.    Victor clearly shows this through his action.   

1st Body Par.:

-Topic sentence

-Intro. text evidence

-Cite

-In-text citation

-Explain (connect to claim)




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