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Judith Ortiz Cofer Reads...
Write On Your Own
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Death in Three Genres
First Steps A Shared Path Different Audiences Different Purposes
Usage and Mechanics Providing Feedback on Student Writing Learning from Professional Writers Writing in the 21st Century
I   A Scene

phone rings
C: Hello?
K: Hello, Charles. It's Kerry.
C: Are you okay, Kerry? You don't sound too good.
K: I just called. I just got a call from Annie. George died last night.
C: My God. What happened?
K: They don't know.
C: How's Annie?
K: She's on her way there now. She was home visiting her parents.
C: When are the -
K: I don't know. I'll call you back when I know.

II   An Obituary

George Valentine was found dead last night at his home. Valentine, 34, was a financial consultant. The cause of his death is still being investigated. He is survived by his wife, Annie.

III   An Elegy

George - There's an order to things and
you've broken it, pal, but then, you
always were a rebel.
Thirty-four. People don't die at
thirty-four. At least not
people I know.
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