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American Literature- A Wizard of EarthSea (elizabeth ortega)

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

Celebrate Ursula Le Guin, a great American author who recently passed, by reading the first book, “A Wizard of Earthsea,” in her series, Earthsea.

“The first three Earthsea books … were written, at the request of her publisher, for young adults. But their grand scale and elevated style betray no trace of writing down to an audience.”

Le Guin wrote twenty novels and over a hundred short stories, in addition to poetry, literary criticism, translations, and children’s books over the course of her life. She wove cultural anthropology, Taoism, feminism, and the writings of Carl Jung into her writings, and contributed deeply to the worlds of science fiction and feminism.

This will be a read-aloud and discussion class. There will also be short writing assignments along the way to dive deeper into the content and themes.

 

“The rhythmic structure of narrative is both journey-like and architectural,” Le Guin has written. “Great novels offer us not only a series of events, but a place, a landscape of the imagination which we can inhabit and return to. This may be particularly clear in the ‘secondary universe’ of fantasy, where not only the action but the setting is avowedly invented by the author.”

 

 

Embroidery and Connect (elizabeth ortega)

Embroidery is the craft of decorating fabric using a needle and applying thread or yarn. It’s a hand-eye coordination craft. You can decorate anything from a jean jacket to a handkerchief. You can decorate with words, designs, images, shapes, etc.

It’s bunches of fun and requires patience and intention.

We will discuss different issues and simply hang out with each other while we learn how to needle our way through fabric to create some awesome pieces.

I hope especially to be joined by students who don’t “normally” take classes like this. Perhaps you steer away from stereotypically “feminine” art like embroidery, or being hands-on creative is challenging for you? Well, I challenge you to join us for some creativity and connection with each other as we create. 

This class is also for you if you are already interested in these things and would love some more!

 

Continuing Sex and Health Education (year long) (elizabeth ortega)

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

If you are in this class, I look forward to the continued journey!

Here is the description from the beginning of the year to reground you in what is to come.

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Sexual health and healthy relationships are things all people, especially young people, deserve. In this class I will do my best to be inclusive of a wide variety of genders, sexualities, experiences, and perspectives and focus on the real world and real life experiences.

Relationships and sexuality is a life long journey of learning about ourselves. Here in this class, I want to create a space where you can learn relevant information about sexual and relational health. Talking about sex and our bodies openly and honestly can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be.  It can also be enlightening, informative and exciting!

I will be utilizing two different curriculum sources. One will be Be Real. Be Ready. is SFUSD’s (San Francisco Unified School District) comprehensive relationship and sexuality curriculum for high school students. And S.E.X., second edition: The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties by Heather Corinna as well as various educational media pieces and articles as they relate to the topics.

 

 

Current Events (elizabeth ortega)

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

This class was so enjoyable, let’s continue! If you have already taken current events I would love to have you back and if you are new, welcome.

Every week we will dive into a different topic. We will gather opinions about what global issues, political matters, current news, etc. we want to explore and then start there. We will read articles, watch short videos, listen to news segments, and look at photos regarding the issue at hand.

You will have asynchronous time to complete an assignment each week and then, the following week, we will engage in small group discussion. What did you learn? What surprised you? What do you still wonder?

 

 

Taking Care of Myself (elizabeth ortega)

This class feels more important than ever. Our nervous systems and hearts have been overloaded with stress and anxiety throughout this global pandemic. What better time than to slow down and figure out how to be well through this?

We will come together to take care of our hearts, bodies, and spirits, and get to know each other and ourselves a little better. We will meditate, listen, breathe, make art together, go outside, write, do some yoga (not too much!), stretch, and create our own little sanctuary space in your rooms/homes where you can take care of yourselves right now.

This class is for you if you want to practice mindfulness and consistent acts of ritual to take care of yourself and to find your center in this time.

You become what you practice.

Sex and Health Education (MS) (elizabeth ortega)

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

Sexual health and healthy relationships are things all people, especially young people, deserve. In this class I will do my best to include a wide variety of genders, sexualities, and different bodies, and to focus on the real world experiences of students in middle school.

We will work to create a space where you can learn relevant information about sexual and relational health. Talking about sex and our bodies openly and honestly can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be. It can also be enlightening, informative, and exciting!

This class will be a place to build confidence and friendly curiosity, rather than shame and judgment. Cultivating a relationship with one’s sexuality and body is a journey – and it’s better if you feel informed and aware along the way.

We will utilize the book: Sex is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and You “This candid, inclusive, stereotype-defying, and absolutely wonderful primer on sexuality and gender identity embraces diversity in all of its dimensions.” To further inform the curriculum we will also use the age appropriate curriculum: The Get Real middle school curriculum.

Please reach out if you have any questions about the content of this class!