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"A caterpillar is letting itself down on a thread, twirling slowly like a rope artist, spiralling towards his chest. Itís 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

Every moment we have together is unique, and I hope to make each as special as possible :) We will explore some of my passions (post-apocalyptic and dystopian literature, mythology, personal narratives, research, anti-heroes, and so on) and some of yours. Some of the longer works taught in my classes include: Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake, George Stewart's Earth Abides, HG Wells' The Time Machine, JD Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, William Golding's The Lord of the Flies, Sophocles' Antigone, Albert Camus' The Stranger & The Misunderstanding, and many other works. Some short works taught include: Isacc Asimov's "Nightfall," Arthur C. Clarke's "The Star," Pamela Zoline's "The heat death of the Universe," HG Wells' "The Star," JD Salinger's "A Perfect Day for Bananafish," Patricia Highsmith's collection of short stories, "Noah's Flood," and a growing menu of other short works. Students and parents, go to your class calendar for handouts, resources, fun stuff, and due dates.


End of the World Literature
Foundations 183 (5AD/6BE)
Foundations 182 (3BE/4.1CF) & 184) (1BE/2CF)
Advanced Composition

General Information, Silly Stuff & Archives

Breakfast at Ms. G's House / Fun with Food
You Went to School Here? [Schreiber Class of '87]
Some Shots From Ms. G's 2005 Beach Wedding
Ms. G's Absence Policy
Port's Honors Option [see your couse description for course appropriate selections]
Composition Homework & Handouts
Foundations Homework & Handouts
End of the World Homework and Handouts
Advanced Composition Handouts
Journalism Handouts
Mythology Handouts
Writing for the 21st Century Handouts

Resources specific to your class may found with your class calendar & HW pages

"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"

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