On the first day of seventh grade, Victor and his friend try to hide their insecurities and impress the girls in their class. With his sights on Teresa, Victor signs up for French class to be near her. In that class, Victor takes a risk, impulsively implying that he knows French, when he does not. Victor’s enthusiasm leads him to an embarassing situation, but the sensitive teacher saves Victor from losing the respect of his classmates. Victor learns that teachers can be kind, that girls are approachable, and that taking a risk to fit in can pay off.
"Seventh Grade" by Gary Soto can be found on page 116 in the seventh grade (purple) literature anthology.