Author Archives: Hannah Blacksin

MS Environmental Science of the Pacific Northwest (Hannah)

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

Ever wonder why Mt. Rainier has a constant cloud cap? The status of the resident orcas in the San Juan Islands? Which of these plants all around us are edible?

We live in one of the most rich, rainy ecosystems in the world. Every element of this glorious biome is interconnected — from cedar to salmonberry, from the summits to the Sound. If you want to learn about the environment all around you, and your place within it, take this class!

We will ask questions, do research, conduct experiments, and go outside in order to learn about the biodiversity, climate, systems and cycles, flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest. We will learn through a lens of sustainability.

Protest Writing (hannah)

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

Act with courage; make a case that a principle trumps a rule.

What is protest writing? In this class, we will examine writing as, about, and against protest. I am interested in how we define protest writing — what is its purpose? For whom is it written? Is writing a protest tactic? How do different kinds of writing spur or dismantle protest?

Our scope will be mostly within the United States, specifically protest in Seattle. Students will practice their own protest writing, focusing on personal causes they care about.

Required texts/materials: A notebook. We will read at least one book all together which we will get for you.

Writer’s Workshop (Hannah)

In this class we will practice writing, reading, thinking, questioning, listening, and sharing. You already do all of these things, and after this class you will be able to do them with more depth and clarity. You will not only hone skills but learn about yourself, other people, and the world through the writing process. Wow! But how?

You will do different kinds of writing in this class, including narrative, persuasive, informative, and fun random exercises. You will give and receive feedback with your peers. You will submit response letters about your reading regularly to which I will respond, like a reading/writing correspondence. The words will flow through you like rainwater down a Seattle drainpipe and nourish the garden of your mind. 

Required texts/materials: A notebook. Also, you are expected to read your own books throughout the duration of this class. If you don't have reliable access to new books, still take this class! We can help you out, just let us know. We will also read at least one book all together which we will get for you.

HS Environmental Science of the Pacific Northwest (Hannah)

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

Ever wonder about the formation of volcanos? How redwoods survive forest fires? What is an “atmospheric river?”

We live in one of the most rich, rainy ecosystems in the world. Every element of this glorious biome is interconnected — from cedar to salmonberry, from the summits to the Sound. If you want to learn about the environment all around you, and your place within it, take this class!

We will ask questions, do research, conduct experiments, and go outside in order to learn about the biodiversity, climate, systems and cycles, flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest. We will look learn through a lens of sustainability.