End of the World Homework Page

"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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HW #1 Welcome!

Save the world! Break the cycle of war! On the piece of blank computer paper, choose a point in James Thurber's "The Last Flower" to STOP, REVISE and BREAK the cycle. Where would you do something differently? Choose the number to delete and replace with yours. DRAW 1-5 new boxes (in the style of Thurber's simple line drawings) in which you change the course of events for the better including captions (10 points). Then, underneath, write a well developed paragraph that explains how your vision could work and why it makes a better future (5 points).
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  • End of the World Course Description
  • Class Participation Rubric
  • Adam McClean Discussion of "The Garden of Earthly Delights"
  • Group Response to HW: Issues of Concern
  • "The Garden of Earthly Delights"
  • Notebook Rubric
  • Discussion Rubric
  • The Commentary Journal
  • Literary Circle Roles [please scroll to your assignment]
  • Glossary
  • Extra Credit
  • Outside Reading Assignment
  • How to Prepare for the Outside Reading Test
  • Outside Reading Small group Discussion Prep Sheet
  • Outside Reading Portfolio
  • Outside Reading group Discussion Assignment
  • Reader Response Guidelines for the Outside Reading
  • End of the World Final Project Options
  • Final Project Checklist (must be completed and attached as cover sheet to final project submission)
  • Tips for Writing the Literary Essay
  • Outline

    Student Final Projects

  • The Model 7, It's Only the Beginning
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
  • Vice Fund
  • Student Animated Trailer to the Novel Good Final Project Model!
  • "Mango" and "Footprint" Film by Jed B
  • Andrew A's "Steven's Solar Sphere" Short Story Movie Trailer
  • A Student's Video Essay Another idea for a final project! It takes a position and articulates it!
  • Dan Z's "The Land That Needs a Hero" Short Story's Trailer
  • Shannon R's "Reuben" Short Story Trailer
  • Bari C, Sydney L, and Sammy S's "The Heat Death of the Time Traveler" Movie
  • Bailey G, Carolyn B, and Hannah A's "The Return of Snowman" Movie
  • Emma K's "A Letter to Anyone"
  • "The Heat Death of the Universe" Movie Trailer by Kaitlin M, Celia T, and Dana N
  • Trailer to Anti-Polluter Film by Adam S. and Mitchell L
  • Three Survivors from Oryx and Crake Trailer by Miranda T, Olivia G, Imani I, Julia D, and Melissa S.
  • A Good House Wife's Guide (and Consequences) by Jess C.
  • The Chronicles of Bic Teaser by Josh F. and Danny S.
  • The Last Republican by Jack S, Danny C, and Tommy K.
  • The Heat Death of the Universe film by Alice D and Sarah S.
  • Three Possible Endings to Oryx and Crake Matt L, Dylan S, Adam N, & Elijah F
  • Matt G and Danie D.'s Heat Death Remake
  • The Chip by Rebecca C and Maddie C
  • Noa S's "The Heat Death of the Universe"

    Media Clips

  • 20/20 End of Days (AKA Fear Mongering Journalism!)
  • The Daily Show, "Cloudy with a Chance of Heatballs"
  • The Daily Show, "Our dead Planet"
  • The New Masters
  • Discovery Channel's Ancient Evidence: Revelations -- The End of the World?
  • Big Brother Pizza Place
  • Epic 2015 (A Fictional History of Media)
  • Man's Relationship with the Natural World Animation (Steve Cuts)



  • Educational Poster Group Assignment
  • Peer Evaluation Forms: Short Story Poster Assignment

    Isaac Asimov's "Nightfall"

  • Isaac Asimov
  • "Nightfall" Group Work

    Alfred Bester's "Adam and No Eve"

  • Protons and Champagne Mix as New Particle COllider is Revved Up (NY TImes)
  • Accelerator Anxiety (editorial, Boston Globe)
  • "A Final Smash for America's Giant Particle" Collider
  • Huge Particle Collider Struggles
  • Hadron Collider Documentary
  • CERN Discovers A New Particle, Likely The Higgs Boson

    Arthur Clarke's "The Nine Billion Names of God" & "The Star"

  • "The Nine Billion Names of God [online text]
  • "The Star" [online text]
  • A reading of "The Star"
  • Sir Arthur's Words
  • "The Sentinel"
  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • Group Work for Arthur Clarke's "The Star"
  • Understanding 2001: Space Odyssey
  • Group Work: Analyzing the Technology Short Stories

    Ursula Le Guin's "Those Who Walk Away From Omelas"

  • Reaction to "Those Who Walk Away From Omelas"

    Ray Bradbury's "There Will Come Soft Rains"

  • Leonard Nimoy Reads Ray Bradbury's "There Will Come Soft Rains"

    Fredric Brown's "Puppet Show"

  • Stories by Fredric Brown

    TP Caravan's "Random Sample"

    Harlan Ellison's "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream"

  • "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream" read aloud by Harlan Ellison
  • Open the pod bay door, HAL
  • "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" Class Work


  • "Singularity 2045:The Year Man Becomes Immoortal" by Lev Grossman (Time, Feb 2011)
  • Writing Assigment 2045
  • "I've Got a Secret" with Guest Raymond Kurzweil
  • IMB's Watson on Jeopardy! (2011)
  • Watson After Jeopardy
  • Her Movie Trailer
  • Movie Trailer for Chappie (2015)
  • Open the Pod Bay Doors, HAL
  • Corning (advertisement): A Day in 2020
  • Futurscape: Computer Chips in Your Brain
  • Are Robots Hurting Job Growth?
  • Humans Needs Not Apply
  • Last Days on Earth Technology Clip @ 16:45 mark
  • "The 'Worm' That Could Bring Down The Internet"
  • Physics of the Future (NPR)
  • AI vs AI
  • Smart Watches (NPR)
  • Black Mirror's "White Christmas" episode
  • Raymond Kurzweil's "The Coming Singularity"
  • Michio Kaku on The Singularity
  • TED TALK: Raffaello D'Andrea: The astounding athletic power of quadcopters
  • TED TALK: Kevin Slavin: How algorithms shape our world

    Philip Jose Farmer

  • "The King of Beasts"
  • "The Sliced-Crosswise Only-on-Tuesday World"
  • How Do You Solve a Problem Like Overpopulation?
  • Sliced Crosswise Only on Tuesday World

    Gaye Jee's "A Civilising Influence

  • "A Civilising Influence"

    Ursula Le Guin's "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

    The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

    Franz Leiber's "A Pail of Air"

  • A Pail of Air" and "Nine Billion Names of God" Classwork
  • Scientists Invent Particles That Will Let You Survive Without Breathing
  • Did a Star Knock Earth Out of Orbit?

    Edgar Allen Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death"

  • "The Masque of the Red Death" "The Masque of the Red Death" Activity

    James Thurber's "The Last Flower"

  • James Thurber's "The Last Flower" (a parable in pictures)
  • Metronome Sync
  • Adam McClean Discussion of "The Garden of Earthly Delights"

    HG Wells' "The Star"

  • Comparing Asimov, Clarke, and Wells

    Short Story Project

  • Short Story Guidelines
  • Creating Characters Worksheet
  • Plot Graph
  • Peer Editing for the Short Story
  • Rubric for Short Story Final Project
  • Short Story Rubric 2
  • Self-Assessment for the Final Project
  • Final Project Peer Critique the Short Story Rationale and Format Handout
  • Grammar Girl's How to Write Dialogue
  • Basic Dialogue Format
  • Punctuating Dialogue Correctly
  • How to Write Dialogue


  • 7 Billion People
  • Earth's Most Typical Person
  • Overpopulation Reason Environmental Desctruction
  • Science of Overpopulation
  • David Olsson's "Id" (class of 2012; written as a junior)
  • Group: Share Overpopulation Solutions
  • Note Taking Prompt for Soylent Green
  • Think Geek Soylent Crackers
  • What's in that chicken nugget?
  • Delicatessen Note Taking Prompt
  • Delicatessen Worksheet
  • Delicatessen Screenplay
  • "Divided by Infinity" by Robert Charles Wilson
  • Cricket Farms


    "Heat Death of the Universe"

  • TS Eliot's "The Hollow Men" (1925)
  • Nobel Prize Winners
  • Social Network Anxiety
  • Pamela Zoline's "Heat Death of the Universe"
  • Annotate Zoline Story Project (200 points)
  • How to Cite for the Zoline Project
  • Rubric for Zoline Annotations Project
  • Heat Death Project Format Sample
  • Zoline Project Student Sample
  • Outline
  • Entropy Essay
  • Thirteen Goddesses
  • Kali Wikipedia
  • Story of Kali
  • Kali Goddess of Chaos
  • Kali Goddess of Chaos Image
  • Explain Like I'm Five: Existentialism and Neitzsche
  • History of Blue

    The Time Machine

  • Time Machine Online Text
  • Time Machine Vocabulary
  • Homer Simpson's Time Travel
  • The Victorian Web
  • Victorian London
  • Victorian Links
  • Characterization in Chapters 1 & 2
  • Illustrating Characters and Setting
  • Illustrating Characterization
  • What Does the TT Value or Disdain?
  • Class Assignment: Time Machine Chapters 1-8
  • Time Machine Found Poem Assignment
  • Time Machine 1960 Film Assignment
  • Time Machine Journal Entry: Movie
  • How I Got Out Of Writing a Paper on The Time Machine
  • Time Machine Essay Options
  • Outline
  • Is Time Travel Possible (Michio Kaku
  • National Geographic DOcumentary on Time Travel
  • A href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3-aiIlJfxU">History Channel Time Travel Documentary
  • Is Time Travel Possible? (D NEws)
  • Is Time Travel Possible (Ted Ed)
  • Is Time Travel Possible?
  • Real Time Traveler" Makes News
  • Ten Mind Bending Theories About Time Travel
  • Big Bang Theory
  • 1960 Morlocks
  • 2002 Time Machine
  • Oliver Curry's HG Wells' Vision Rebuked



  • Flood Myth Project
  • Flood Stories From Around the World
  • Flood Myth Project
  • Sample Flood Chart
  • Children's Flood Myths Book Rubric: Hard Copy
  • Children's Flood Myths Book Rubric: PowerPoint
  • PowerPoint Flood Myths Rubric


    Planet of the Apes

  • Planet of the Apes Reading Schedule


    Earth Abides

  • Earth Abides Reading Schedule
  • Earth Abides Vocabulary List
  • Earth Abides Group Work Chapters 1-4
  • Ishi the Last Yahi Video Questions
  • Background on Ishi
  • Ishi the Last Yahi
  • Italicized Passage Analysis
  • Earth Abides Jigsaw Reading Project
  • Group Prep Assignment
  • Earth Abides Lesson Basics
  • Earth Abides Presentation Rubric
  • Ecclesiastes "Compilation" Handout
  • Earth Abides Themes
  • Earth Abides Essay Choices

    Genetic Engineering

  • It's Time to Question Bioethics Ted Talk
  • Bio-ethics Scenarios

    Oryx and Crake

    Ms. G Handouts
  • Oryx and Crake Vocabulary List
  • Tips for Reading Oryx and Crake
  • Illustrating Chracterization
  • Oryx and Crake In-Class Essay Options
  • Theme Groupwork
  • Crake's Plan: What if...?
  • Group Work: Setting, Crake, & Jimmy
  • Oryx and Crake Character Philosphy Collage

    Relevant Links


  • Artificial Organs
  • Animal-Human Hybrids Banned in Some States...
  • "Artificial liver 'could be grown'"
  • Big Ide Organ Regeneration
  • Growing Organs in the Lab
  • Genetically Altered Salmon (Newsday)
  • Artificial Human Ear Growing in Mice


  • Alex the Parrot
  • Parrot Intelligence
  • Skin Guns "Phizer's "Nooskins"
  • 150 human animal hybrids grown in UK labs: Embryos have been produced secretively for the past three years
  • Hybrids, Chimeras, and Haldane's Rule
  • Animal-Human Hybrids Spark Controversary


  • Glenn Gould
  • Violent Video Games Disrupt Emotion and Cognition in Young Men
  • "Scream Bloody Murder" CNN


  • Video Glowing Animals
  • Genetic Engineering to Wipe Out Mosquitoes
  • Glow in the Dark Cats, Jellyfish, and Monkeys May Prevent AIDS and More Glow in the Dark Cats
  • Hundred Arrested in Massive Child Pornography Ring
  • Slavery and Human Trafficking
  • Anti-Trafficking Program
  • Child Trafficking and Woman in Poverty
  • Truth About Human Trafficking


  • Urine Bio Fences
  • Why Do Cats Purr?
  • Purring as Healing
  • Caecotrophs
  • Rabiit's Digestion


  • Martha Graham Inspired Theater
  • Farmworkers Left Behind: The Human Cost of Coffee Production
  • Arvalis Frogs Turn Blue While Mating
  • Research Explores Baboon Mating
  • Crabs Mating
  • Penguin Mating
  • Bride of Frankenstein
  • Watson and Crick
  • Watson and Crick Discuss How They Discovered DNA
  • Watson on How They Discovered DNA


  • Lab Spins Arftifical Spider Silk Spoat/Gider
  • Coming Soon, Test Tube Burger
  • Soon, Lab Grown Meat to Feed the World
  • Lab Grown Meat: Would You Eat It?
  • Petri Dish to Dinner Plate, In-Vitro Meat Coming Soon
  • Would You Eat FrankenMeat?
  • Would Lab Grown Meat Be Better for Us and the Planet?
  • THe Fishy Risk the FDA is Taking with Your Health
  • What Are Chicken Nuggets Made Of?


  • Religious Views on Cloning: NO Consensus [shows religions worldwide]
  • Cloning Myths Clarified
  • Synthetic Human Genome


  • Newtown Parents Seek a Clearer Window Into Violent Behavior


  • How Ebola Spreads
  • Tracking Ebola in Congo Jungle
  • Cloning Timeline
  • Religious Views on Cloning: NO Consensus [shows relions worldwide]
  • Cloning Myths Clarified
  • Pearl Jam's "Do the Evolution"
  • Choosing the Sex of Your Baby
  • Bird FluResearch Rattles Bioterrorism Field


  • Physics of the Future (NPR)
  • Bird FluResearch Rattles Bioterrorism Field
  • Ebola Outbreak 11/12
  • Kubla Khan
  • Nightline: Ebola Outbreak (8 mins)
  • Virus Cures Science Guy


  • About the Author
  • Do you Believe in Crake?
  • Interview with Atwood: God's Gardener's Re: Year of the Flood
  • Student Animated Trailer to the Novel Good Final Project Model!
  • A Student's Video Essay Another idea for a final project! It takes a position and articulates it!
  • Coleridge's "Xanadu"
  • Margaret Atwood Gives You Tips on How to Write
  • Get to Know Margaret Atwood
  • Printing a Human Kidney
  • Clinton Warns of Bioweapon Threat from Gene Tech
  • Great Pacific Garbage Patch
  • Zombie Honey Bees
  • Painting Roofs White...
  • An Inconvenient Truth
  • "Life After Man"

    MAYAN 2012

  • Mayan End of the World? Fear Not
  • NASA on Mayan 12/21/12


    2001:A Space Odyssey

  • Symbols in 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • 2001 and Beyond


  • Delicatessen Worksheet

    Food Inc.

  • McDonald's Animal Cruelty
  • Target McDonald's Egg Supplier


  • Happy

    Twelve Monkeys

  • 12 Monkeys Journal/Study Guide
  • Twelve Monkeys Screen Play
  • Hendra and Nipah: Antibody Treatment for 2 Deadly Viruses Shows Promise in Tests and an Emergency
  • Twleve Monkeys "Fact Sheet"
  • Twelve Monkeys Characters
  • Twelve Monkeys Theme Worksheet
  • Twelve Monkeys Post-Movie Discussion Worksheet

    The Matrix

  • Definition of Matrix
  • Significance of Names in The Matrix
  • Matrix Script
  • Philosophy in The Matrix
  • More Philosophy of the Matrix
  • Trapped in the Matrix
  • Messiah in the Matrix

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