Prompt: After reading the passage, Eleven, explain why the author does not like being age 11.  If you could choose any age to be, what would it be and why?  Use evidence or related topics from the passage if possible.

In our class, we read Eleven by Sandra Cisneros. I think that the author doesn’t like being age 11 because there are kids that she doesn’t like and kids that don’t like her. Personally, I think the character overthinks too much. I mean, when you get hurt really bad or if something really sad happens, it’s okay to cry (just don’t cry all the time). Instead, the author is like I cried the way I did when I was four. I think if she didn’t overthink she’d be more confident and have more friends.


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If I could choose an age I would want to be nineteen years old. I would want to be nineteen because there are many advantages to it. Plus, 19 is my favorite number. Nineteen is also the number I am in attendance for all of my classes. When I’m 19 I’ll be going to college, and that is an experience I’m looking forward to. (The college I want to go to now is Stanford University.) At that age, I will be working a job as well. I always tell my parents that right when I turn 16 I want to get a job, but they say that they want me to focus on school instead. So, I at least think I’ll be able to get a part-time job and work when I’m nineteen.

At nineteen I think I’ll feel more like an adult because I’ll be driving, have a job, legally already be an adult, and because I’d most likely be living on my own by then. I think it’d be nice to live on my own. I mean, I love my family, but I would like to know how it is to live independently. Plus, my parents don’t want a puppy no matter how much my brother and I ask. They say that once we live on our own we can own a puppy of our own. When I’m around nineteen I’d be able save up and soon get a puppy. For me, nineteen seems like a nice age to be.