Ms. Gokturk


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Foundations Course Description

As a student in this required tenth grade literature class, you will read some important “foundations” -- literary texts important to understanding who we are collectively and individually. You will use these texts to improve your analytical reading and writing skills, and you will strive for close readings using annotations. Your job will be to actively read the varied texts and find the common themes to explore.


Reading Menu

Sophocles’ Oedipus the King

William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Othello, and/or The Taming of the Shrew

Edmund Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac

Patricia Highsmith stories

Lorraine Hansberry’s Raisin in the Sun

Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Films (TBA)


Core Topics: How do these themes form identity?

Secrecy and Deception

Power and Corruption

Cruelty and Compassion

Pride and Ambition

Violence and Hate



    • Reading quizzes
    • Journals (1 page, single spaced literary responses)
    • Regents-style Paragraphs
    • Educational Posters and Analytical Zones
    • Critical Essays
    • Creative Writing (Short Story / Play / Film / Children’s Book)
    • Research Paper & Research Presentation: Photo Story
    • Midterm and Final Exam


Let’s have a positive and productive semester! Please do not hesitate to see me for extra help during 4-2 or by appointment.