This is LMC
Elin Wästlund is your ISGR school librarian who will help you develop research skills, reading skills and media and information literacy. LMC means Library and Media Centre.
- May 2022
- April 2022
- March 2022
- February 2022
- January 2022
- December 2021
- November 2021
- October 2021
- September 2021
- August 2021
- June 2021
- May 2021
- April 2021
- March 2021
- February 2021
- January 2021
- December 2020
- November 2020
- October 2020
- September 2020
- August 2020
- July 2020
- June 2020
- May 2020
- April 2020
- March 2020
- February 2020
- January 2020
- December 2019
- November 2019
- October 2019
- September 2019
- August 2019
- June 2019
- May 2019
- April 2019
- March 2019
- February 2019
- January 2019
- December 2018
- November 2018
- October 2018
- September 2018
- July 2018
- June 2018
- May 2018
- April 2018
- March 2018
- February 2018
- January 2018
- December 2017
- November 2017
- October 2017
- September 2017
- June 2017
- May 2017
- April 2017
- March 2017
- February 2017
- January 2017
- December 2016
- November 2016
- October 2016
- September 2016
- August 2016
- June 2016
- May 2016
- April 2016
- March 2016
- February 2016
- January 2016
- December 2015
- November 2015
- October 2015
- September 2015
- August 2015
- June 2015
- April 2015
- March 2015
- February 2015
- January 2015
- December 2014
- November 2014
- October 2014
- September 2014
- Banned books
- Bilingual books
- Childrens rights'
- Climate change
- Crime fiction
- Dyslexia Awareness Week
- Environmental Issues
- European Union (EU)
- Free ebooks
- Graphic novels
- Horror fiction
- Interactive stories
- Key words
- New titles
- Nobel Prize in Literature
- Nordic mythology
- Online gaming
- Reading difficulties
- Reading habits
- Search terms
- Source criticism
- Swedisch Agency for Accessible Media
- Talking books
- United Nations (UN)
In connection to the National Source Criticism day, the ISGR library would like to tip you about two resources related to the ongoing war:
- Fejk och propaganda – det här ska du se upp med i krigsrapportering.
- Documenting and Debunking Dubious Footage from Ukraine’s Frontlines.
A good way to learn about journalism is also to practice it yourself. The library has got a guide from First News, on how to start a school newspaper. It contains both a teacher guide and a student guide.
Last but not least, the library would like to tip you about the source criticism tests available or provided via the library. They are available in paper and digital, via the library blog, Just click on any of the links: https://lmcgotaberg.wordpress.com/source-criticism/
There is the source criticism tests: the 5 w’s / De 5 v’na, that is a general source criticism test, especially suitable for web pages. There is Fact or fiction / Fakta eller fiktion, for news and social media. There is also the source criticism Opvl, initially used by In&S teachers at the school.
The library is also providing source criticism lessons for different grades:
- Basics of source criticism (grade 6)
- Source criticism and search engines (grade 6).
- Source criticism and YouTube, Wikipedia and Google (grade 6).
- Source criticism and journalism / news (grade 7)
- Source cricitism and fake news. (grade 7 or 8)
- Source criticism and algorithms (grade 8)
- Source criticism and statistics (grade 9.
- Anything else related to source criticism
There are also a lot of source criticism excercises available in the library as you can do and books you can borrow about the topic source criticism, in both Englsh and Swedish.
On Friday last week, all students in grade 7 and MYP6 had a presentation and writing workshop by Linda Sue Park.
Before meeting Linda, all students had read Linda’s novel A long walk to water. They had also learned about or read other novels by Linda and either watched a TED talk with her, Can a children’s book change the world? or the documentary about The lost boys of Sudan, called God Grew Tired of Us.
Linda’s presentation of A long walk to water
In the beginning of her presentation, Linda said that the content of A long walk to water all came from Salva, one of the main characters that exist in real life. Therefore, the book could be seen as a biography, but Linda and Salva had decided for it to be fiction. Salva didn’t want to be co-author either, by political reasons, even though the book was a cooperation between him and Linda.
After this, Linda told us about the background of A long walk to water: the civil war i Sudan that started during the 1980’s and went on for 20 years til the 2000’s. Millions of people were killed and hundred thousands were living in refugee camps, in nearby countries. In those, there were often no real accomodation. Instead refugees built tents of whatever they could find, because as Linda stated “refugees are often the poorest people of the world. Even though, they nurture what they can call a home.”
In A long walk to water, that part is left out, when Salva spent 10 years at different refugee camps, for example Kakuma in Kenya. But this part exist in a graphic story When stars are scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed, Linda tipped about.
When an opportunity opens up to leave the refugee camp, those who are staying over there are medically tested and interviewed. After that there is a lotery who will be allowed to go to another country. Salva was one of the lucky ones and he came to Manchester in New York where he was interviewed by Linda’s husband in 2003 and later on got to know Linda. Nowadays Salvo has got his own family and lives in both Sudan and the US. He prefers to spend the winters in Sudan, since he has never learned to deal with snow or cold winter weather. Linda says that Salva is laid back, funny, loves to tell jokes and that he is cool.
Linda showed a picture of where Nya, the other main character i A long walk to water lives now. There are trees, bushes, grass, bigger barns for animals and smaller for people, who are surviving as cattle herders. Before Salva came to Nya’s village to drill a dwell, people overthere were suffering a lot during the dry season. There was only water in a dirty little pool of water that everyone would share. The choice was between getting sick or dying.
Linda wants access to water to become a human right, as well as education and healthcare. If kids don’t have to go far to fetch water they also have time to go to school and will in the future be able to provide a better life for their families and countries. In some countries in Africa, for example the infrastructure needs to be improved.
Linda’s writing workshop
To the writing workshop, all students had been asked to bring a piece of writing with a certain length. Linda started off saying that; “We are all terrible writers, but we enjoy to improve our writing.”
- Look through your writing to find a long sentence, about 1.5 line long.
- Copy and paste this sentence into a new document.
- Rewrite the sentence.
- Make small changes to the sentence.
- With changes, try to make the sentence more dramatic and emotional.
- Come up with a quantity of varations of the original sentence. Grammar and spelling doesn’t matter during this excercise.
- Write variation sentences as fast as you can.
- During the last minutes, write as fast as you can.
Linda then asked the students how may senteces they could come up with. She told the students the record holder was a 6th grader who had written 36 sentences. Now Linda wanted the students to look through what they had written and check if there was any part of any sentence that could be used in the original writing.
Linda taught the students that during revising you want to make your brain free, write anything and like crazy. During the digital age we live in, the brain is halfways connected with the keyboard. When our fingers touch the keyboard, electric impulses are sent to the brain. Through getting our fingers moving, we are waking up our brain.
- Select 1-2 paragraphs.
- Copy and paste the paragraphs into a new document.
- Swap chromebook with a friend.
- Take a position opposite to your friend.
- Take turnds reading aloud your friend’s paragraphs.While listening you are not allowed to comment or do anything.
- Write down what you remember of what your friend read.
Linda said that revising is about looking at the writing process from different angles. It’s scientifically proved that you perceive a text differently depending on if you read it on paper or on the screen. You also perceive it differently depending on if you hear it or read it on your phone. “I usually read my texts aloud to my husband”, Linda said. “Because then I process the language in a different way. A long walk to water I read aloud three times before it was finished.”
- Choose two different paragraphs.
- Copy and paste those into a new document.
- Change the font into a font you hate.
- What happened now? Do you perceive your paragraphs differently?
Lind explained that we all have different, individual handwritings, recognized by our brains. This applies also when we type on a chromebook. We usually have a font we prefer, that makes us feel convenient. When we change font to a font making us feel inconvenient, we can easier find weaknesses in our own writings. It’s because of the individual writing styles, that it’s easier to find weaknesses in other texts than in our own.
Deadlines work well for some people also, when it comes to improve your writings. It could add some objectivity to the process. Linda also tip about connecting to the world through reading and practice the ability to get inspired by the universe. If you read a lot, then you will also become a good write and if you writer regularly, writing will become easier. Linda herself found her way into writing through poetry, 40 years ago.
Last week South African music composer Philip Miller did a lecture and workshop on creating film music with all the 9th graders of ISGR. He brought up concepts, practical approaches and ways of looking at the relationship between sound and image. He also showed different examples.
Before the workshop the students had got the opportunity to sign up for an account on the music creating platform BandLab and familiarize themselves with that.
- Here you sign up for a BandLab account:
- Brief tutorial for everyone to read.
- How to use BandLab videos. Watch at least the first 4 videos.
- Indepth BandLab tutorial video for beginners.
- Student tutorial in Swedish.
- Here you can download BandLab for your device.
The students were also encouraged to go visiting Philip’s website to listen to some of his music. Here he is working in his studio in Johannesburg:
During the workshop with Philip he introduced himself. During 50 years he had been working as a music composer, creating music to South and West African documentary films, fiction films, Netflix productions, cinema and theatre. He had worked with different forms of presentation of music. He told the students that physical music production has changed dramatically and now there are digital platforms that work acustically and electronically.
In the beginning of the workshop, Philip showed a film clip that he likes, both with and without sound. It was The shower from Psycho. After this, Philip talked about how music change the image and the opposite. There is a conversation between sound and image. People also associate sounds to aesthetic genres, geographical areas, certain time periods and more. For example, some kinds of music makes you think of comedy, mystery or drama. Sounds of drums are often associated with Africa. Sounds of disco you might relate to the 1980’s.
In music there is an idea of a theme built up by a rhythm and a motif. The motif is the identity of the music. There is also the signature that can be related to special character or place. This can return in different ways.
There is also the grammar of the music and the musical language, where major and minor play an important role. There are also chords that are dominant, comic or more and choice of musical instruments to consider.
After explaining this, Philip gave the students a task to solve via BandLab. The students were divided into groups to create a 1 min theme featuring: action, love, comedy or horror.
Later on, when the students were done creating their themes, they were performing and allowed to guess what themes the performing groups had chosen. Then the groups then got feedback from Philip and if there were technical problems or the groups were not done, they could send their pieces of music to Philip later on for feedback.
After this, Philip were performing the song TU+TU=freedom, created by him and the female rapper Kanyi Mavi. It was a celebration to Desmond Tutu, on the theme of tolerance and it was performed in a language only spoken in South Africa. Philip told the students that if they would like to a pursue a career within film music, they would be part of a group of creative people and cooperate with a film director and an editor. Those would be their main cooperation partners. To succeed on his way there, Philip encouraged the students to watch many movies, listen to a lot of music and also other sounds from the environment – nature sounds and more.
Before the Winter break, the professional manga artist Lisa Medin was meeting all students in grade 6 and 8 at ISGR. With grade 6 she was doing a workshop on the theme of humor and with grade 8 on the theme of horror.
She started to talk about what is an illustration and comics. She also showed different examples of what these can look like in Sweden and Japan, where manga simply means comics. She also talked about how illustrations and comics exist in different contexts all over the world. Lisa showed pictures and explained both physically and digitally in a powerpoint presentation. She also showed the students a book she had created herself: Medley: En ny våg.
After that, Lisa talked a bit about the history of manga. She showed printing presses in wood from the 18th century, where patterns were carved out. Later on technology made it easy to start mass-producing images, so the comics could spread. Photography also inspired manga, making the artists experimenting with angles and draw “shots” of events.
Manga has for a long time become increasingly popular. Lisa told us that a fourth of all books in Japan are manga and in Japan thick manga books are published like weekly magazines.
During the practical part of the manga workshop, Lisa taught the students step by step to draw vaguely with their hands in the beginning and later on shape figures, clothes and finally facial features and hair. She showed this to the students, both as an animation she had created herself and live. After that the students draw together with Lisa, partly with the help from “help lines” that were later on erased. In the end the students had drawn their own manga characters.
Here are some students comments and a film clip from one of the workshops, created by the Math teacher Luis Mardones.
“I thought I learned something about anatomy. What the first sketch looked like was quite similar to a skeleton.”
“I love drawing manga and anime. You can experiment and use your own style to shift and change the art style and expression of the drawing.”
“What we learned in the workshop could be used to create our own series drawings to tell stories.”
The manga workshops were part of the National project Creative School, underspinned by the National Arts Council.
At the moment ISGR library are displaying sources in English and Swedish on the theme of Ukraine. Some of them are highlighting the ongoing war and crisis.
First News (in English)
“Ukraine report” (see attached file)
“What is happening in Ukraine and why?” (See attached file)
Foreign policy magazine (in English)
Globalis (in Swedish)
Utrikesmagasinet (in Swedish)
During the last few days there has been a temporary disconnection to the database World Book. That has been fixed now, so the database is up running again as usual, with the same login as before.
You reach it here via the library blog: https://lmcgotaberg.wordpress.com/ listed under Databases in the right menu bar.
World Book is appropriate for grade 6 and 7, through its database Student and for grade 8, 9 and 10 with the database Advanced.
There are also the database eBooks available via World Book – where you will find classics, nonfiction, novels, easy readers and biographies. The ebooks can be downloaded online or via the World Book eBooks app after creating an account in the eBooks database.
Then there are also the Spanish-language database, Hallazgos and the French-language database Découverte.
Here are some materials promoting and facilitating the usage of World Book
- A video tutorial providing an overview of World Book.
- A folder about eBooks.
- A folder of World Book in general.
- A bookmark to print out.
You are also welcome to book your librarian Elin for supervising, workshop sessions or any help related to what you are studying in class, citation, research or anything else.
Here comes some resources highlighting The International Safer Internet Day. This day is annually taking place on February 8th. It is especially aimed at kids and young people bringing up topics such as cyberbullying, digital identity, social networking and online issues.
The ISGR library Campus Götaberg has collected some resources (see below) that are highlighting the The International Safer Internet Day and its content. Hopefully they will shed some light on current concerns and generate some conversations in class and at home, encouraging a more safe and positive use of digital technology. You could use the resources to find some good advice and worksheets supporting discussions on healthy relationships online.
The theme of this year’s Safer Internat Day is “All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online”. Of the resources listed below, the ebook Safer Internet Day by Britannica is the most focused on games, bringing up some history of online gaming for example.
- “Making online safety click” written by Richard Mead.
- Safer Internet Day by Britannica.
- UK Safer Internet Centre
- Council of Europe. No Hate Speech Youth Campaign
- Child Helpline International
- “Act virtual, think real” produced by the Latvian Internet Association (see video below).
Here you can watch a series of ten thought provoking videos on how you can balance virtual activities and real life. They are a bit humorous and sarcastic bringing up common issues related to internet safety.