Ashy says, “Hold onto yer sox.” — more-than-a-doodle by Frances Allen

This website WAS going to leave the earth amid a shower of fireworks on the night of July 4, California time. BUT WAIT — if there ain’t gonna be no fireworks, we ain’t goin’ nowhere. Wheeew-eeee! Stick around & we’ll re-invent ourselves –> that’s more Cali-for-ni-an anyways. And whilst we’re figuring that out, please boogie on down to the fabuous, most really swinging teenage lit-site anybody could ever hope for and more. You know I’m talking ’bout The Lunchbox.

Nice Lil Cozy

by Carlos Posadas Echeverria oh smarkozonky school, you were a kind friend to provide a nice lil cozy habitat for the creative ideas we have in our minds. I love that it was a mixture of medias and hope you have a good journey, farewell friend I will still use your pen to doodle.

Farewell Howdy

by Randy Roque Farewell to the Howdy classroom. Better known as Gozonsky’s 11th and 12th grade English classes. When first entering the classroom you are unsure of the assignment waiting, but before starting anything we are greeted with music and a minute to get settled in our seats. Having just a minute to gather yourContinue reading “Farewell Howdy”

Like a Museum

by Kiana See Howdy Mr Gozonsky! How are you? I hope you’re doing amazing.  I wasn’t sure how to start my farewell message but I apologized for doing my work late. These past two months have been so difficult. It was like I was lost in a pit of a dark that there was noContinue reading “Like a Museum”

We Did It

by Wilfrido Cruz So long to shmarkozonsky. Shmarkozonsky was a very useful source to use and interesting to browse through. It was definitely worth creating because I learned a lot from it. I tend to learn more from my peers sometimes. It wasn’t just a website where you could see your peers work, but aContinue reading “We Did It”


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March 30, 2020: Things have changed and also not changed here at  It remains our aim to bring you the finest in teen academic writing and doodles.  You might think that our having been out of school since March 13 would impede this mission BUT NO — many of my students are still cranking out terrific stuff.  That’s one thing that hasn’t changed.  

We are down to put the teen in quarantine.



Original Note from the Teacher — January 2020


As a high school English teacher, it has always felt wrong that so much great teen academic writing winds up with an audience of one person, just me.

One is better than nothing, but even better would be lots more people engaging in academic writing by youngsters. If it’s all just for a grade: sigh. I get it. It is for a grade. But that doesn’t have to be all.

So let’s play with the idea that high school students write great stuff about books and current events and the meaning o’ life.

And here are the rules: no rules.


Mark Gozonsky

BIANCA MAIOCCHI: The infinitive phrase that inspired this painting was “to deal with change” on page 59 of _The Alchemist_ by Paulo Coelho. This phrase really struck me because of its relevance to our current world situation. Everyone globally is being faced with a change in their daily lives, and my was of dealing with this change has been to paint.
Sofia Liascheva: "Barry Lopez indicates
that we have irrevocably
separated ourselves
from the world
that animals occupy;

'Eskimos do not grasp this separation

by Kai Chang: “To suffer, with a quietness of spirit.” ( Act IV, Scene 1)
 The Merchant of Venice  By: William Shakespeare 
I chose to pick a phrase from this play because I really enjoy the rhythm in Shakespeare’s writing. I decided to comb through The Merchant of Venice because it’s one of his plays I’m not familiar with. I chose this particular phrase because it’s poetic. It carries emotion that can describe the feeling of helplessness or lack of control.
Cory applied Alice Munro’s idea of reading a book as if you were looking out the window of an unfamiliar house to
Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez.

By Alaina, from our balloon pit, an homage to Lauren Halsey.
This whole site could be Ary’s doodles.
Alaina, on Tommy Orange’s allusion to Louise Erdrich in the first chapter of There There.
Maya, 1/24/20
Eden, 2/3/20
Dov, Desert Solitaire K-W-L, 1/24/20
Randy, 1/22
Lilac, 1/21

Hailey, 1/20
Chaelynn, 1/19

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