The ISGR library is currently hosting two exhibitions, made by students in Grade 9.
The first exhibition is made by LGRM 9. It consists of their final project in Art, in which they have made paraphrases on famous artwork that they have chosen themselves. Several students have chosen to paraphrase the artist René Magritte. The teacher has been Jennifer Hawkins.
The second exhibition is made by students from MYP9, and has been arranged by their teacher Ida Fastén. The students have painted and written poems based on the ongoing debate on the Swedish Academy, that is related to the Metoo debate. The students have made their own have made their own interpretations and comments.
Today, the American author Jacqueline Woodson will receive the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) Prize. The ceremony will take place in Stockolm at the Concert house at 18-19. From tonight you will be able to watch images and high-resolution videos from the ceremony in this pressroom: http://www.alma.se/sv/Press/
The prize was established by the Swedish government in 2002 and is the world’s largest children’s and youth literature award. It is based on the Children’s Convention and the children’s right to culture. The prize is handed out internationally, to authors regardless of language or nationality, as long as their work have got the highest artistic quality and is characterized by a humanistic spirit.
Who is Jacqueline Woodson then? She debuted in 1993 and has since written about thirty books for children and young people. In her books, she brings up such topics as invisibility, racism, segregation, prejudices and silence. She does so through focusing on people who has been marginalized and the purpose is to fill a gap in the literature. She does not to speak loud or become aggressive, but find a way to make people understand and change.
Here you can read more about Jacqueline Woodson: https://www.jacquelinewoodson.com/
Here are some titles by Jacqueline Woodson, represented in the library:
For four days, MYP and LGRM students have visited the World Culture Museum and their exhibition Together to do a workshop on interpersonal relationships. The workshop leaders tried about the same arrangements for all student groups.
The students brainstormed what love can be. They showed each other love through writing nice comments about each other. After that, they looked at items a part of the exhibition, titled Collected stories, and pointed out objects explaining why those represented love.
After that, the students were divided into groups, and were sent to different part of the exhibition. The different parts of the exhibition addressed different themes: Living together, Fitting in, Understanding, Separating, Fighting and Making up, Dancing and Interaction. The task was to choose two items from your part of the exhibition, which represented love, and explained to the other group members why the item represented love and how the item was related to the theme of their part of the exhibition.
With some groups, a walking tour took place during the presentation. With some other groups, students used their iPhones, and showed their items with the help of a projector.
Children’s questions were put in focus and feelings you go through in everyday life: How does it feel to miss someone? When do you fit into a group? Is it just silly to have a quarrel or sometimes needed?
Today, ISGR received a visit by the Italian professor Tommaso Milani, who spoke about his work with gender issues in South Africa through discussing an incident that took place in 2012
He brought up questions like what is pride? What is the difference between a parade and a march? He did so in the context of an activist group’s attempt to temporarily stop the yearly Pride parade in Johannesburg, South Africa through means of a die-in protest, resulting in resistance and violence on the part of the Pride participants.
One of his main points were that you need to apply an intersectional perspective that takes into account how gender and sexuality are closely linked to social class, race and ethnicity.
He showed a video on a protest in Johannesburg, and presented some photographic data and media reports. As a preparation before the visit, the students read about the One in Nine group at Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/10123398375/about/
They also read the first 8 pages of the South African Constitution: http://www.justice.gov.za/legislation/constitution/SAConstitution-web-eng.pdf
Here you can read Tommaso’s lecture: Sexual cityzenship GTB
Here is a video clip he showed us during the lecture.
Yesterday, grade 8 visited the Gothenburg Concert Hall, to listen to classical music on love theme, as part of their Love Weeks.
For example, they got to listen to Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Samuelsson’s Afrodite and Higdon’s Blue cathedral. The concert was performed by Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, and led by the Taiwanese conductor Mei-Ann Chen. Also, there was song performed by the Mezzo Soprano Katija Dragojevic.
For those who would like to listen to it, and are not able to attend, it will be broadcasted live here on Saturday May 5th at 3 pm:
I would like to recommend you some resource containing film clips on storycraft:
Many students at ISGR love Liz Pichon’s series on Tom Gates (that reminds about Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a wimpy kid).
Here is a video clip with Liz Pichon giving advices on how to write a comic style story.
Charlie Higson‘s Young Bond series, is also popular among the students. Here he give you some tips on how to write an exciting story.
As an end of the term activity, you can get some creative writing tips by watching a show run by Jacqueine Wilson on June 15th at 2-2.30. Here you can get hold of the link.
If you scroll down this website, til you get to Reading ideas for young people, you can click at the name of an author you like and get tips of books you may like.
Here you can find a lot more tips and ideas.
If you speak Swedish, you could also visit the Gothenburg City Library today. At 18 you will have the chance to meet a range of authors:
“Balsam Karam, Agnes Lidbeck, Sigrid Combüchen, Johannes Anyuru, Leif Holmstrand and Catharina Thörn in conversation with Lars Mikael Raattamaa.
Anna Mattsson will read texts by the author Yin Luoth from Cambodia.
Presentation: Martin Engberg.
Artist: Marie Dahlstrand.
Music: Stefan Missios.
Location: Gothenburg City Library, Hörsalen
Organizer: Author Center West and Gothenburg City Library, supported by the Swedish Academy.”