1. EVENTS IN FEBRUARY
The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, held in Mumbai, begins on 7th Feb and goes on till 15th February, 2009. The schedule of events will be up on the site soon.
Gallery and pavement shows, exhibitions, literary events, film screenings, music concerts, dance performances, theatre shows, workshops, heritage walks, a food fiesta, and a buzzing street festival bring in audiences and participants from all over the city. The Festival has grown in size and popularity, winning a reputation for its diversity and vibrancy, for the platform it gives to talent, and, heck, for being a fun place to be. (Link)
Learn more about literary events happening across the world at the papertigers blog.
2. “AdLit” : TEACHING ADOLESCENT LUTERATURE
AdLit is a website that one of my colleagues who teaches reading recently shared with me. AdLit.org is all about adolescent literature. On AdLit teachers can find book lists, video interviews with authors, and a comprehensive list of strategies for teaching reading and writing. The strategies page gives detailed descriptions of how to implement each strategy. AdLit’s strategies page also gives guidance as to the proper timing for implementing the suggested strategies.
Getting kids to read is often a matter of them finding the right books. That’s what the U.S. Children’s Laureate Jon Scieszka thinks, anyway. Hence Guys Read, a site devoted to fostering literacy among boys.
According to Scieszka, boys in particular need a little guidance. “Boys often have to read books they don’t really like,” Scieszka says on the Guys Read site. “They don’t get to choose what they want to read. And what they do like to read, people sometimes tell them is not really reading.”
You can use Guys Read to help young readers get recommendations by author, subject, or they can enter their favorite book and find something like it. Recommendations are grouped for young, middle and older readers, so your 12-year-old student won’t get stuck with books from the 1st grade shelf, and vice versa.