Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Walk a mile in her shoes

Hey y'all,

I just had a FABULOUS meeting with the good folks at Kapi'olani Community College to see if UH Manoa's COE secondary education program can forge a working relationship with them. It went great and we're all excited for the possibilities. We also had a meeting with LCC so these are definitely grand new times for us.

While I was there, they reminded me to remind the men I knew to come to the "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event they have next Wednesday at KCC. I told them OMG, I have a blog now. I shall blog about it. *grin*

The Walk a Mile event is an international men's march where men take a stand against rape, sexual assault, and gender violence. The participants walk a mile in high heels. The program started in 2001 and has each year since then. For those of you who've known me a long time (pre 2000), you know I feel really strongly about this subject so I'm all for supporting this cause.

UH Manoa hosted their Walk a Mile event in late February. It was awesome. So...guys, if you feel strongly about the cause and want to join in the event, head on down to KCC next Wednesday!

Sending my hugs to all of you who do go (or have gone in the past to other locations' events)! It's a small gesture for a big problem but every event, every person, every step counts.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Celebrate Teen Reading Festival

Celebrate Reading Festival = Today, April 17, all day at UHM Art Auditorium.

A CRAZY list of great authors are coming down. See here for details:

Here's the schedule for the literature discussion groups (with the authors) and writing craft workshops.

Youth Speaks Poetry Slam

Hey All! Just giving some love to Youth Speaks. The grand slam is this Friday (4/23) at FHS auditorium. The top 6 poets will represent Hawai'i in LA! Check out Darron's FB page for more info (you can find it off mine). These students will Blow. Your. Mind.

Required YA novels (my 2009 course reading list)

Written in the Sky -- Matthew Kaopio
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian -- Sherman Alexie
Night of the Howling Dogs -- Graham Salisbury
Life of Pi -- Yann Martel
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Jeff Kinney)
The Possibilities of Sainthood (Donna Freitas)
The Lightning Thief (Rick Riordan)
Uglies (Scott Westerfield)
Rats Saw God (Rob Thomas)
Twisted (Laurie Halse Anderson)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)
Choose any book by Sarah Dessen
Playing with Matches (Brian Katcher)
You Don't Know Me (David Klass)
Inexcusable (Chris Lynch)
Choose any book w/ vampires or fairies/faeries published after 2004

Some YA authors from my "so kids will think you're a cool teacher" list in '09

Hey kids, per your request, here they are (sorry you can't access Laulima anymore). Remember, this is just a small list of the AMAZING middle grade and YA authors out there. In fact, for my syllabus this coming year, the list is way different...just goes to show how much really great reading there is out there. Feel free to keep emailing me (or checking this blog) for updates as you all start your careers as English teachers (*sniff* -- can't believe you're all grown up and leaving the nest...sigh). (= But remember, even if you're inundated with grading, lesson planning, etc. take some time to have some fun for yourself AND of course, to read a great book. It'll keep you sane. *grin*

Allison van Diepen • An Na • Ben Mikaelsen • Carrie Ryan • Cassandra Clare • Cindy Pon • Chris Crutcher • Christopher Paolini • Cornelia C. Funke • Cynthia Kadohata • D.J. MacHale • David Levithan • David Lunbar • E.L. Konigsburg • Ellen Hopkins • Ellen Jensen Abbott • Gabrielle Zevin • Gary Soto • Gordon Korman • James Patterson • Jeff Stone • Julie Gonzalez • Kelley Armstrong • Kristen Cashore • Laurie H. Anderson • Lemony Snicket • Lene Kaaberbol • Linda Sue Park • Lisa McMann • Lisi Harrison • Lois Lowry • Maggie Stiefvater • Meg Cabot • Melina Marchetta • Melinda Metz • Melissa Marr • Neil Gaiman • Orson Scott Card • Ron Koertge • Sara Shepard • Sarah Rees Brennan • Sue Townsend • Tamora Pierce • Ursula Le Guin • Walter Dean Myers

YA short story collections from my 2009 reading list

21 Proms -- David Levithan
Such a Pretty Face: Short Stories About Beauty -- Ann Angel
Love, Football, and Other Contact Sports -- Alden R. Carter
13: Thirteen Stories That Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen -- James Howe
Face Relations: Eleven Stories About Seeing Beyond Color -- Marilyn Singer
Moccasin Thunder: American Indian Stories for Today -- Lori Marie Carlson
Places I Never Meant To Be: Original Stories by Censored Writers -- Judy Blume
Single Scene Short Stories -- Margaret Bishop
Myths and Legends -- Anthony Horowitz
Shattered (Stories of Children and War) -- Jennifer Armstrong
Shelf Life: Stories by the Book -- Gary Paulsen
No Easy Answers: Short Stories About Teenagers Making Tough Choices -- Donald Gallo
Best Shorts: Favorite Stories for Sharing -- Avi
It Happened in School: 50 Stories of Actual Classroom/Athletic Field Happenings... -- Bob Crosby
I Believe in Water: Twelve Brushes with Religion -- Marilyn Singer
Growing Up Local: An Anthology of Poetry and Prose from Hawaii -- Eric Chock
On the Fringe: Stories -- Various