Ms. Gokturk's English

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"A caterpillar is letting itself down on a thread, twirling slowly like a rope artist, spiralling towards his chest. Its 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 include: Pamela Zoline's "The heat death of the Universe," JD Salinger's "A Perfect Day for Bananafish," and a growing menu of other short works. Students and parents, go to your class calendar for handouts, resources, fun stuff, and due dates.

"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


End of the World Lit 4 Calendar
End of the World Lit 5 Calendar
Advanced Composition Calendar
Composition 13 Calendar
Composition 14 Calendar

General Information, Silly Stuff & Archives

Ms. G's Birthday Cakes
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
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"
Schreiber Class of '87

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