• The Afterlife: Book Summary
    Book Portfolio for “The Afterlife” In the book, The Afterlife, by Gary Soto, Chuy is killed in the men's bathroom of a dance club. The book is all about him and his journey as a ghost through Fresno, California. He meets another ghost who has just died and falls in love with her. Unfortunately, he finds...
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  • Hey Whaos
    some do it by accident. In the autobiography by Gary Soto, he tells of his past self of stealing a pie from a German market. His lust for the pie is just too great, but the guilt is just as bad as getting beat for stealing a pie. In this story, young Soto steals a apple pie and eats it without sharing...
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  • media takes over
     Section HQ Rough Draft Paper 2 Gary Soto from “Looking for Work” creates his own socially constructed reality through his own media intake and that is not an accurate reflection of the United States as Diana Kendall from “Framing Class, Vicarious Living, and Conspicuous Consumption” states. Diana...
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  • Race in My Community
    Racialized Interactions In My Community Brian Bones Axia College of University of Phoenix As a father of four young children, I would like to believe that I am raising them in an era where race is no longer an issue that may decide the wage they will earn, the type of work they will pursue as a career...
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  • Gary Soto Timed Writing
    Gary Soto Timed Writing In this essay, Soto uses many writing techniques to get his feelings across from stealing a pie at six years old. Three major writing techniques Soto uses to get his point across are contrast repetition, pacing and imagery. Fighting an internal battle with himself, Soto uses...
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  • Dysfuctional Family Life
    behavior that weakens the stability of society. Marshall declares that the term ‘dysfunctional' is psychological gibberish that certain therapists like to use in order to sound more convincing. Thus, in a sense, the term dysfunctional seems to be an assumption that "narrow-minded" people tend to make...
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  • Essays
    In this piece written by Gary Soto he recreates his experience of stealing a pie as a six-year-old. Imagery is one of the tools he uses to make you feel like you are there with him, going through the same experience. He uses vivid details and descriptions of people and places so you can picture everything...
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  • Emotional Rollercoaster
    Dalton Capps Senior English Period 6 Essay 11/14/2013 Emotional Rollercoaster In the story, The Jacket by Gary Soto is about a boy who wants a jacket but previous jacket have failed. He tells his mom what kid of jacket he wants and it’s a nice description of leather. Although he thinks that she...
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  • American Families - Essay
    and a nice home. Unfortunately that is not the case for most families. America is a very diverse place and most families are not that myth. Gary Soto tells one about his experience with this myth in his story Looking For Work. Gray wanted to change his family to what he saw on TV, but it didn’t...
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  • The Pie Essay
    In an excerpt from his autobiographical narrative, A Summer Life, by Gary Soto shows his first time stealing through allusions, diction, personification, imagery and similes. Soto begins his story by detailing the event of stealing a pie at the age of six. He uses biblical allusion and religious diction...
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  • Mothers and Daughters
    will do Anything “Mother and Daughter” is a short story by Gary Soto about an eighth grader named Yollie who goes to a school dance. Her mother always has all sorts of crazy ideas of ways to do nice things for Yollie. In this story, Gary Soto shows that parents make sacrifices for their children. Mrs...
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  • The Importance of Gender Roles
    important role in today’s society, including in the homes of many families. In the three stories, An Indian Story by Roger Jack, Looking for Work by Gary Soto, and Girl by Jamaica Kincaid gender roles and who play them are a lot different. Both stories challenge the image of a perfect household: a man, woman...
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  • Myth of Model Family
    existed for little more than two hundred years” (18). This idea has been so widely accepted due to the attention that it has received in the media. Like Gary Soto in “Looking for Work” the perfect family misleads people into thinking what is truth and what is fiction. Of course the truth is that there is...
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  • Seventh Grade
    Short Story Analysis Title: “Seventh Grade” Author: Gary Soto Vocabulary: - Conviction: belief -Elective: optional course or subject -Sheepishly: in ashy or embarrassed way Setting: The setting of the story is in the past, in Fresno, California at a school. ...
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  • Evolution of Society
    considered successful. An idle family to them was not only getting along, but focused also on appearance. Like the show Leave it to Beaver where the mother is “decked out in earrings and a pearl necklace.” (Soto, 29) The children and father also had to look prim and proper with their hair neatly combed and their...
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  • Idea of Family Paper
    sister after school, I wonder what has gone wrong with my family. Why are we not like the ones I see on television? Does the perfect family truly exist or is it a myth the media wants us to believe to get us to behave, like Santa to a young child who wishes for treats and fun surprises at the end of a...
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  • Success is Key; Failure is not an Option
    would be falling under the given expectations or standards, and just not trying hard. My parents have high expectations for me that sometimes I feel like I cannot meet. Failure is not an option in their eyes, as many other parents. They expect me to work hard to achieve their expectations and to get what...
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  • 1950's Nostalgia
    People sometimes reminisce on the past with nostalgia, remembering the “Good Old Days” and how values and ethics have seemed to disappear. In the 1950’s, like in no other decade, people became homeowners; prosperity was plentiful and bad times were thought to be something of the past. Capitalism was working...
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  • Oranges
    Oranges by Gary Soto MT Eng 125 Mrs. MacGrotty Aug 22, 2011 Oranges Gary Soto’s Orange is a nice, romantic and sympathetic poem. The poem tells a story about a boy and his fondness of a little girl he liked. The boy likes the little girl and wants to express his feelings for her by buying her...
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  • gdfnm
    internet and smart phones daily. Name:__________________________________________Date:_________________________Period:______ “One Last Time” by Gary Soto Directions: Read each of the following questions. Then choose the letter of the best answer and write your answer on the line next to the number...
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