Category Archives: Language Arts

Yearbook! (Sieglinde)

Let’s finish it!

In this twice weekly, yearlong Yearbook Class, students have co-edited, designed, and will print up the 23-24 PSCS Yearbook. The theme this year is Punk! which was decided by community process. We’ve spent time studying and learning the the intersectional history of punk, both as an aesthetic, as a sound, and as a movement—and applying it to a really cool archive of the year.

Our co-editors have already worked out the layout, timeline, and have gotten us started in Canva (easy to share, easy to organize, on the cheap). We will consider adding 2-3 more folks interested in finalizing layout, writing copy, taking and organizing pictures, and creating pages/spreads in ways that capture this amazing community of humans. You will need special permission to join (from Sieglinde and the crew) and likely need to give an example/share how you will contribute in this final leg of a long journey.

The result will be printed and shared with the community in June—with enough time to sign and pass around to ooh and ahh!

Required texts/materials: Canva The instructor will procure the texts/materials.

Parallel Play Book Club (amy)

This once-a-week class is an opportunity for you to read a book of your choice and share what you’re reading with others.  

Throughout the term we will read (obviously), write, and share.  Perhaps this is the type of reading accountability that you’ve been craving.  

Please join us for this chance to lounge in literacy and build a book-loving community.


MS Literature – Maus II (hannah)

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

The journey continues. Global Graphic Novels class read Maus I and this class is a continuation as we read the second book, which is largely about Vladek’s experience in Auschwitz during World War II. This class includes reading (alone and together), writing, discussion, and making art about the book. Some discussion will specifically connect to the current Palestinian genocide.

If you plan to take this class but haven’t already read Maus I, I suggest you do so before reading Maus II.

The Dictionary Game (Scobie)

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. We’ll have occasional workshops to improve your skills and knowledge, but mostly we’ll play, play, play!

WORD (hannah)

Etymology: the study of the origin of words and the ways in which their meanings change throughout history.

This class is all about WORDs. It’s an etymology class! We will study the origins of lots of words and their historical, cultural, social, and etymological changes over time. We will play around with words by doing crosswords and other word puzzles. We will look up the meanings of words we really like! Multiple meanings! How words are employed and shifted in written work like POETRY. Learn new words! Learn some Latin and Greek because that’s where hella English words come from! Words from OTHER languages that ended up in our lexicon somehow!! What the heck does lexicon mean??? Take this class and find out! Gen Z uses words in a weird way – you probs have something to teach me. Like how “W” just means win now. Meaning is use. 


HS Literature – Middlesex (hannah)

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

Middlesex is a Pulitzer Prize–winning novel by Jeffrey Eugenides published in 2002. Primarily a coming-of-age story (Bildungsroman) and family saga, the novel chronicles the effect of a mutated gene on three generations of a Greek family, causing momentous changes in the protagonist’s life. The protagonist is an intersex man of Greek descent. This book has received massive praise as well as harsh criticism.

Themes include gender identity, ancestry and heritage, the American Dream, and the differing experiences of what society constructs as dichotomies, specifically the gender binary. The novel contains many allusions to Greek mythology, including creatures such as the Minotaur, half-man and half-bull, and the Chimera, a monster composed of various animal parts.

This class will include discussion of the book, writing assignments, historical learning, and perhaps an art project. All of the reading will take place outside of class.