Ms. Gokturk's English
Ms. Gokturk's Class Calendars
Hi! Welcome to my website, which I started many moons ago. I use it as my planner, and students like using it to stay organized. I write the HTML code myself, and sometimes you will find weird code typos. We'll just call those "patina." You can find assignments, due dates, archives, and anything I may have collected over 20 years of teaching high school literature.. I am a fan of speculative fiction and anything unusual in voice or perspective. Within my class room you may read some classics like Catcher in the Rye or Lord of the Flies, some new titles like Everything Matters! or Oryx and Crake, and some little known works like stories by Patricia Highsmith or Harlan Ellison.
SPRING 2021 CLASS CALENDARS
Resources specific to your class may found with your class calendar & HW pages
Random & Silly Stuff
"The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something." -- Kurt Vonnegut
"A caterpillar is letting itself down on a thread, twirling slowly like a rope artist, spiraling towards his chest. It's a luscious, unreal green, like a gumdrop, and covered with tiny bright hairs. Watching it, he feels a sudden, inexplicable surge of tenderness and joy. Unique, he thinks. There will never be another caterpillar just like this one. There will never be another such moment of time, another such conjunction." -- Snowman, Oryx and Crake
"Life's always been a business of working hard and fighting the cold... The earth's always been a lonely place, millions of miles from the next planet. And no matter how long the human race might have lived, the end would have come some night. Those things don't matter. What matters is that life is good. It has a lovely texture, like some thick fur of the petals of flowers--you've never seen those, but you know our ice-flowers--or like the texture of flames, never twice the same. It makes everything else worthwhile. And that's as true for the last man as the first." -- Pa in Fritz Leiber's "A Pail of Air"
Schreiber Class of '87 :)
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