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Mr. Yow, Senior English and AP Lit

Mr. Yow, Sophomore English

"I cannot teach anybody anything.  I can only make them think."  –Socrates

"Do or do not.  There is no try."  -Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back

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"Teachers open the door.  You enter by yourself."  -Chinese Proverb

Class Resources

"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance."  -Derek Bok

"We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."  -Aristotle

Welcome to Mr. Yow's Home Page

Google Classroom Codes

Use the following codes to join the Google Classroom for your period:


1A English 4:     flwfy5m

7AB English 4:  dnjhzp

Eng 4 SOAR:     wb3lo9


AP Lit 5A:          t3kolk

AP Lit 2B:          z512au

AP Lit 4B:          bqd5bm

AP Lit 6B:          le2911c

AP Lit SOAR:    npb1kjx

Mr. Yow's REMIND Instructions

Yow AP Lit:  Text "@yowap" to 81010 or (516) 252-3349; or use this link:


Yow English 4:  Text "@yoweng4" to 81010 or (516) 252-3349; or use this link:


If you've used Remind before, you will get a message that you have been added.

If you have not used Remind before, you will be asked for your first and last name.

I will use Remind throughout the year to remind you of upcoming assignments and due dates.

"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."  –Alvin Toffler

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"A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary."  –Thomas Caruthers

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."  -Marcel Proust

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"You have learned something.  That always feels at first as if you had lost something."  –H. G. Wells

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"The greatest results in life are usually attained by simple means and the exercise of ordinary qualities. These may for the most part be summed in these two: common sense and perseverance."  -Owen Feltham

Desiderata by Max Ehrman (1927)

Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others. Even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.  And whatever your labors and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

Notes:  Desiderata (Latin for “desired things”) is a 1927 prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann.  Largely unknown in the author's lifetime, the text became widely popular after its use in a church devotional in 1959 by Reverend Frederick Kates, the rector of Saint Paul’s Church in Baltimore, Maryland.  It has since been widely distributed in print form and through spoken-word recordings beginning with a recording by Leonard Nemoy (Mr. Spock) in 1967.  A bronze statue of Max Ehrmann sitting on a park bench was unveiled in Terre Haute, Indiana (the author’s home town) in 2010.  Source:

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"Nothing worth it is every easy."  -George Bernard Shaw


Hello and welcome to my home page!  Please use this site as a resource for helpful files and links to use for your writing, reading, and vocabulary work.  If you need to contact me for any reason, please email me at 

I'm sure we will have a great year together.

Inspiring Videos

"A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions."  –Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Grammar Gnome Is Watching

The Grammar Gnome Is Watching

"Even a fool knows you can’t touch the stars, but that doesn’t keep a wise man from trying."  –Harry Anderson

"I have not failed.  I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work."  -Thomas Edison

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"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."  -Mark Twain

"To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first."  -William Shakespeare

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"When we are unhurried and wise, we perceive that only great and worthy things have permanent and absolute existence, that petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of the reality."  -Henry David Thoreau