Tag Archives: Ms-only

World of Stories (hannah)

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

How does culture shape our stories and storytelling? How do stories transform when they’re transmitted from culture to culture? What can we learn about other cultures by reading their stories? 

In this class, we will explore these questions by reading literature from around the world. Types of texts will include excerpts from novels, short stories, and poetry by authors including Jhumpa Lahiri, Haruki Murakami, Homer, Yann Martel, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Oscar Wilde, and Isabel Allende. 

This is a class about reading and discussing texts and culture. There will be some analytical writing assignments in and outside of class.

Cultural Geography (People and Places) – MS (Sam)

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

How can one expand their knowledge and study people, places, and societies of the contemporary world? Through a number of different activities, students will explore the influence of individuals and groups on historical and contemporary events, and identify the locations and geographic characteristics of various societies throughout the world. In this class, students will be able to identify different ways of organizing economic and governmental systems

Physical Science – MS (hannah)

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

Waves! Electricity & Magnets! Motion & Force! Matter! Energy!

What do all these weird sciency things have in common? They are non-living systems we will study in this class. 

Here are ways you already do science: throwing a frisbee! Listening to music! Heating up soup in the microwave! In this class, we will hypothesize about and experiment with the ways in which these forces shape life and stuff in the universe. 

Here’s an example of something YOU could learn about in this class: momentum

Sex and Health Education (MS) (elizabeth ortega)

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

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!

MS Current Events (elizabeth ortega)

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

Every week we will dive into a different topic. We will gather opinions about what global issues, political matters, current news, we want to explore. We will read articles, watch short videos, listen to news segments, and look at photos regarding the issues at hand. The content will be relevant to what is going on in the world and we will do our best to keep up with the events of this time.

You will have asynchronous time to complete an assignment each week and then, the following week, we will engage in small group discussion in a socratic seminar style.

What did you learn? What surprised you? What activated you? Do you agree with your classmates? What do you still wonder?