Themes: Innocence- the theme of innocence is seen in the way Rachel talks throughout the story. The repetition of phrases and the terms "tippy-top" or "tiny-tiny" helps the audience keep in mind that the main character is just a child. Also, this story seems like the first experience Rachel has had of dealing with an authority figure who is wrong. She understands that Mrs. Price has made a mistake, but she also knows that she cannot talk back to Mrs. Price and she loses her composure. Family- even though Rachel has had a horrible experience at school on her birthday she thinks of her mom and dad. She daydreams about how a cake made by her mother will be waiting for her and how they will all eat it together when her father gets home from work. This shows Rachel immense love for her family and the comfort they provide for her. Discussions Questions: • Why doesn't Rachel want to be eleven in the story? • What are some of the life experiences you have had that are significant in the "rings" of your life? • How did Sandra Cisneros write the story so that it seems as though it was written by Rachel herself? • Have you ever had an experience that could relate to Rachel's? Eleven Page Tools Insert links Insert links to other pages or uploaded files.