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The poem “Oranges” by Gary Soto is about the bittersweet experience of a first date. They walk together to the drug store and girl picks a chocolate that costs a dime.  The boy offers to pay for the candy with a nickel and an orange. The boy takes the girl’s hand and then releases it so she can unwrap her chocolate, and he can peel his orange.  In the darkness of the winter day, the orange burns bright light a fire, much like the love in his heart. (Holt Elements of Literature, 2008)

This lesson was created as part of the Anthology Alignment Project, during which teachers created CCSS-aligned lessons for existing literary and information texts in anthologies. All page numbers and unit/week designations found in this lesson relate to the edition of the anthology named above. If you are using a trade book or different edition of this title, the page/unit/week references in this lesson will not match. Consult the content referenced in the body of the lesson to determine appropriate page numbers for your text.

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