In class, we read “Oranges,” a poem by Gary Soto. Then you were asked to write the same scene from the poem as prose – that is, tell it as a story .
For this assignment, complete the “Oranges” story that you started in class. Your story should be told from the point of view of one of the characters: the boy, the girl, or the saleslady.
–Think about the setting. You can set your scene anywhere you like, but think of ways to bring it to life. Include sensory details, paying attention to the physical world (what makes Dobbs Ferry Dobbs Ferry?)
–Think about your characters, and their physical details as well as the ones that aren’t observable (what only they know, what they think and feel ,and what motivates them).
–Include a few lines of dialogue, using the formatting conventions discussed in class.
The length should be 1 1⁄2 – 2 pages, typed and double-spaced, using 12 font.
Please be sure to label your assignment with your name and the title: “Exercise based on Gary Soto’s poem, “Oranges.”
This is your way of acknowledging the source of your exercise and providing credit to Mr. Soto.
Due on BLACKBOARD, Friday 9/21 11:30 am. Submit as an attached .doc or .docx file.
Read: Cathedral by Raymond Carver (Vintage).
To guide you in your reading, answer the following questions by the end of the story:
1. How do these three characters feel about each other at the beginning of the story, and by the
2. How is information conveyed through what the characters say and don’t say to each other?
3. Compare the husband’s idea of a cathedral with that of the blind man.
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