Y9 – 15/04/16

Due: 26/04 (Issued: 15/04)


“What impression is Steinbeck trying to give us of Soledad county in the extract?”


  1. Observe RACERS (instructions below)
  2. Write 2 RACERS paragraphs, commenting on the language used.
  3. Each paragraph must be at least 5-8 sentences long.


  1. Agree with your study buddy a time and place to meet and read each other’s work, providing www and hti.
  2. Alternatively, post your answer as a comment on this page and get your partner to respond with a www and hti.


A few miles south of Soledad, the Salinas River drops in close to the hillside bank and runs deep and green. The water is warm too, for it has slipped twinkling over the yellow sands in the sunlight before reaching the narrow pool. On one side of the river the golden foothill slopes curve up to the strong and rocky Gabilan Mountains, but on the valley side the water is lined with treeswillows fresh and green with every spring, carrying in their lower leaf junctures the debris of the winter’s flooding; and sycamores with mottled, white, recumbent limbs and branches that arch over the pool. On the sandy bank under the trees the leaves lie deep and so crisp that a lizard makes a great skittering if he runs among them. Rabbits come out of the brush to sit on the sand in the evening, and the damp flats are covered with the night tracks of ‘coons, and with the spread pads of dogs from the ranches, and with the splitwedge tracks of deer that come to drink in the dark.

There is a path through the willows and among the sycamores, a path beaten hard by boys coming down from the ranches to swim in the deep pool, and beaten hard by tramps who come wearily down from the highway in the evening to jungle-up near water. In front of the low horizontal limb of a giant sycamore there is an ash pile made by many fires; the limb is worn smooth by men who have sat on it.

RACERS structure