Category Archives: Language Arts

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.

The Dictionary Game (Scobie)

We finally have a working program for playing this endlessly fun game online, so come join the class in which you’ll make up ersatz (look it up!) definitions for real, but unknown words and try to convince us all that yours is the legitimate definition. You get points for fooling us with your clever, convincing definitions, and for guessing which one is the actual definition. No cheating, good people. Keep it real; keep it fun. As with last year, we’ll have occasional workshops to improve your skills and knowledge, but mostly we’ll play, play, play!

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.

Queer Latino Literature (elizabeth)

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

This class will center upon reading the book, “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe,” a novel by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. This piece of literature dives into Mexican-American culture, queerness, discovery, growing up, love, family and life in the 1980’s. We will explore these themes even deeper as we read through the novel.  It has won numerous awards, including the Lambda Literary Award, the Stonewall Book Award, the Pura Belpre Narrative Medal for Latino fiction and several others.

Each week there will be reading, note taking and a couple personal projects throughout the term. We’ll be engaging in discussion, reflection and presentations.

For families and students, take a look at the novel to decide if this class and reading this book is right for you.