“Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros

In the language class, with our teacher,Pilar Pando, we read a story call Eleven. After reading it we analized the plot and the personality of the main character, Rachel, all together. Then after analying it all together we divided into group and we had to do a presentation including  information about Sandra Cisneros, the plot, characters, point of view, tenses and vocabulary. My group was formed by Luz Esteban, Olivia Obligado, Lucía Caviglione and me.

This is our presentation:



Information about Sandra Cisneros:

Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1954. She was the only daughter of 6 brothers which made her feel isolated. Her family was from Mexico and they migrated to United States. As a consequence, she didn`t belong to either culture. In addition, she moved frequently during her childhood and travelled a lot to Mexico so that they can visited her paternal grandmother who lived there. Sandra Cisneros found out she like to write in high school,  she wrote poetry and was the literary magazine editor.



This story is about a girl named Rachel who is turning eleven years old. She has a theory which says that when you are eleven years old you are also 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2 and 1. She thinks that the way you grow is like the rings of a tree trunk or like an onion, life is a collection of layers. One day she went to school and her teacher, Mrs. Price, showed a reed sweater to the class and asked whose was it. The sweater was ugly, old and didn’t have such a great smell. One of the classmates, Sylvia Saldivar, told her it was her’s . In that moment she wisehd she was one hundred and two to know how to defend herself. She tried to tell it wasn’t her’s but Mrs Price, force her to put it on. Children started to laugh and Rachel couldn’t handle it so she started to cry. All along the story, she tries to let clear that although you are an old person, sometimes,  you may want to cry as if you were three or run to your mom’s arms as if you were five.


Point of view:

In the story “Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros, the point of view is first person narrator. In this case, the story is told from the point of view of Rachel, the protagonist.




Present Simple: “what they don’t understand about birthdays is what they never tell you”


Present Continuous: “…but all of a sudden I’m feeling sick inside”


Past Simple: “I wish I didn’t have only eleven years”


Past Continuous: “…I was anything than but eleven”


Present Perfect Continuous: “That’s when everything I have been holding in since this morning”


Wish: “I wish I was invisible but I’m not”


Conditional type 3:  “If I was 102 I would have known what to say..”


Will: “there will be candles and presents”




  • Skinny: very thin
  • Raggedy/Ragged: nasty, really ugly
  • Itchy/Itch: to have or cause an uncomfortable feeling in the skin that makes you want to rub it with your nails




  • Rachel:


In the story Eleven, Rachel the protagonist of the story is turning to 11. We can describe her as a very childish and immature girl that was not self confident. She was very shy, that’s why at school she wasn’t very popular. We can also see that she is a sensitive and vulnerable person. Throughout the story we can also see bad and help less she was because not even the fact that was her birthday could cheer her up. To end up, we can also see that she over analyzed things too much so that made her more insecure.


  • Mrs. Price :

In the story Eleven she was rachel’s teacher, she tells all the classroom that Rachel was the owner of the gassed red sweater and she force Rachel to put that nasty sweater on.


  • Silvia Saldivar:

In the story Eleven, Silvia Saldivar was a classmate of Rachel. She was the one who told everybody that the red sweater belonged to her, she did it to bored rachel.


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