Author Archives: Hannah Blacksin

Dungeons and Dragons

 

Have you ever wanted to slay a demon or god? Well sorry, I can’t make that happen but I will be facilitating Dungeons and Dragons where you can pretend to! Wow, so cool right! New and experienced players are welcome, plus I will be helping everyone along so don’t worry, but you will have to put in some work. I will be the DM or Dungeon Master which means I will be running the game. We will choose the setting and the theme together and I will help you create characters. You will need to bring your laptop and have a DnD Beyond account which is free. Also please buy a set of dice if you can afford them. They can be cheap dice but it would be really helpful for me.

Take this class if you want to roleplay or just chill and play a fun game at school. We will take turns bringing snacks once per week and will eat them at lunch (we can talk about this in class). This is a collaborative game and we will make decisions together but I will ultimately have the final say on most things. Also, while this is for fun I want people to take this seriously. I have put hours of work into this class and I would like you to be respectful of this class and the people in it.

I should just make it clear it’s ok to do fictional accents, but please do not do an accent of a culture or people you do not have ties to. Also I am a student and a teenager and I am going to mess up, but I will do my best to make sure everyone feels like they are respected and included.

This class will require a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 people.

MS Human Anatomy and Physiology (hannah)

Note: This class is open to middle school students only.

Human Anatomy and Physiology explores the inner workings of the human body. Anatomy! From the Greek word anatome meaning “dissection.” In this class, you will learn about the body and its systems of organization, as well as the cooperation required between those systems. 

Topics will include tissues, blood, and ALL THE SYSTEMS: cardiovascular, skeletal, digestive, nervous, and reproductive. Students will dissect, observe, and have hands-on experience seeing what these systems look like in an actual specimen (of animal, probably a rat). This class will also include some lessons on nutrition and how to keep our bodies healthy.

HS Human Anatomy and Physiology (hannah)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Human Anatomy and Physiology explores the inner workings of the human body. Anatomy! From the Greek word anatome meaning “dissection.” In this class, you will learn about the body and its systems of organization, as well as the cooperation required between those systems. 

Topics will include tissues, blood, and ALL THE SYSTEMS: cardiovascular, skeletal, digestive, nervous, and reproductive. Students will dissect, observe, and have hands-on experience seeing what these systems look like in an actual specimen (of animal, probably a rat). This class will also include some lessons on nutrition and how to keep our bodies healthy.

Philosophy (HS only) (hannah)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Do we have free will? Can machines think? What is consciousness? What is happiness? Should we fear death? Does ethics depend on God’s existence? What should we do when we think a law is immoral? 

In this class, we will seek to understand and answer these questions and more, which have plagued ancient and contemporary philosophers alike. We will explore the origins and basic tenets of philosophy. Topics include theory of knowledge, philosophy of religion, Greek philosophy, Chinese philosophy, ethics, skepticism, rationalism, idealism, truth, and more. 

This class will include critical analysis of texts, structured deliberation, and creative projects. You will practice forming an argument with reasoning, in writing and discussion.

College Prep (HS only) (hannah)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

A continuation of the fall term class. For juniors and seniors preparing for life beyond PSCS. A space to get guidance, get organized, work on next steps in the application process, communicate with peers, research the future. Still in the last slot on Wednesdays.

Sapiens (HS only) (hannah)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Homo sapiens rules the world because it is the only animal that can believe in things that exist purely in its own imagination, such as gods, states, money, and human rights. 

Starting from this provocative idea, Sapiens goes on to retell the history of our species from a completely fresh perspective. It explains that money is the most pluralistic system of mutual trust ever devised; that capitalism is the most successful religion ever invented; that the treatment of animals in modern agriculture is probably the worst crime in history; and that even though we are far more powerful than our ancient ancestors, we aren’t much happier. 

In this social studies class, we will read the book Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. There will be about 45 pages of reading per week, some of which we will do together in class. This class will also include lessons on early civilizations, human growth and development, social systems, and global history. 

In the past, I’ve taught the graphic novel version of Sapiens. This is the original version which offers more depth of historical examples and critical language. We may also look at the graphic novel to supplement our understanding.

Soccer and Kick It (hannah and elizabeth)

Head up to Yesler Terrace to play some non-competitive, very fun soccer and kick it. 

World Literature – The Thing Around Your Neck (HS only) (hannah)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a series of 12 short stories exploring the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Africa and the United States.

Searing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow, and longing, these stories map, with Adichie’s signature emotional wisdom, the collision of two cultures and the deeply human struggle to reconcile them. 

This class will include reading (in and outside of class), analytical writing, critical discussion, and studying contextual African history, especially about Adichie’s native Nigeria. 

World Literature – Persepolis (MS only) (hannah)

Note: This class is open to middle school students only.

Persepolis is a graphic novel memoir by Marjane Satrapi. 10-year-old Marji narrates the story, sharing her experiences of a changing political, social, and cultural landscape in Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution.

Marji discusses how her family’s secular ideas and background exposed her to different political thoughts, ideologies, and philosophies. The ideas she learns at home often clash with what is being taught at school, which confuses Marji and leaves her wondering about where she stands and her future. 

In this class, we will read the book together, discuss, and practice analytical writing. We will examine the genre of graphic novel memoir. We will study the history of Iran and the Islamic Revolution, making connections to the current state of revolution happening in Iran right now. The class will culminate by watching the excellent film adaptation of the graphic novel.

Danny Woo Community Garden (hannah)

More gardening! Come walk, plant, weed, tend to chickens, pull invasive ivy, chat, commune with the vegetables, and use the staple gun with us! Anyone and everyone is welcome.

Recess! (hannah)

More recess! Play, run, sweat, engage in conflict resolution, and move your body at our nearby community center. Open to all.