Spreading the Word Events by Category

2 City Dwellers:First Nations and the Urban Experience

British Columbia
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Waterfront Theatre*
Suitable for Grades 7-10. Presented by Vancity.

Book: 

  • Dreaming in Indian, edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale
  • Urban Tribes: Native Americans in the City, edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale

Curriculum Connections:

  • Critical thinking, Research, Social responsibility
  • Diversity, identity & self-esteem, First Nations

Activity:

Have students select one of the issues Lisa Charleyboy explores in her book and presentation.  Ask them to research and cite statistics and findings, and then communicate their opinions. 

(This activity can be done through different formats with all learning styles: letters, drawings, comics, poetry, photography)

3 The Hidden Life of Trees

Germany
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Granville Island Stage*
Suitable for Grades 8-12 and adults. Peter Wohlleben's appearance is made possible by the Goethe-Institut. Generously supported by The Rix Foundation.

Books: 

  • The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben

Curriculum Connections:

  • Environmental Stewardship, writing, science

Activity: 

  1. Students learn the basics of biodiversity by studying the arrangements of fauna and flora in a field investigation of the schoolyard.
  2. Divide students into teams which will visit three assigned "habitat" sites and record living and non-living components. After discussing results, students are asked to create a poem or story about living in one of the habitat sites.

 

4 Illustrated Imaginations

British Columbia
Ontario
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Studio 1398
Suitable for Grades 4-7

Books: 

  • The Nameless City, Faith Erin Hicks
  • Sea Change, Frank Viva

Curriculum Connections: 

  • History. Art.  

Activities:

Discuss: How would you describe the place you grew up? What would you show someone visiting that place for the first time so they would understand how it felt to grow up there? (E.g: Arcade where you and your best friend go after school; the different trees and houses you see on your walk home everyday… etc.)

Have students draw a map of the place they grew up with specific locations or details highlighted to reflect their memories of that place.

5 Creatures, Kids and Community

Saskatchewan
Ontario
British Columbia
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Revue Stage
Suitable for Grades K-3. Presented by Kidsbooks.

Books: 

  • Violet and Victor Write the Most Fabulous Fairy Tale, Alice Kuipers
  • If I Had a Gryphon, Vikki VanSickle
  • Peace Dancer, Roy Henry Vickers 

Curriculum Connections: 

  • Literacy Foundations

Activities: 

Discuss: What is your favourite animal? Do you own any pets? Why or why not? Discuss the responsibility and care that goes into taking care of a pet. 

Have students draw what they consider the “perfect animal” (E.g: perfection in terms of strength, beauty, flight ability etc.) with characteristics and physical attributes of other animals.

6 Nowhere to Grow But Up

British Columbia
British Columbia
Newfoundland and Labrador
Ontario
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Granville Island Stage
Suitable for Grades 10-12 and adults

Books:

  • Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety, Ann YK Choi
  • Tomboy Survival Guide, Ivan Coyote
  • Niagara Motel, Ashley Little
  • Flannery, Lisa Moore

Curriculum Connections:

  • Literary Arts: memoir and non-fiction 

Activities:

Discuss: What scares you about being an adult?

Interview your parents about a memory from when they were your age. Write a one-page piece detailing that memory and compare it to a memory of your own. 

Ask an adult for a piece of advice and in an opinion piece, evaluate that claim or write about how that piece of advice might apply to your own life.

7 Paving the Way

Ontario
British Columbia
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Waterfront Theatre
Suitable for Grades 2-5

Books: 

  • On Our Way to Oyster Bay, Monica Kulling
  • Stepping Stones, Margriet Ruurs

Curriculum Connections:

  • Global awareness, Geography, History

Activities:

In some countries, people learn about the rights of children through advertisements in the newspaper, or on the radio or television. Ask students working in small groups to create an advertisement for one of the articles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (e.g. posters, skits, songs or other forms). Ask each group to perform or exhibit their ideas for the class as a whole.

8 Worlds Upside Down

British Columbia
British Columbia
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Revue Stage
Suitable for Grades 4-7

Books: 

  • Heart of a Champion, Ellen Schwartz
  • Peace Dancer, Roy Henry Vickers

Curriculum Connections: 

  • Identity, Diversity, Human Rights

Activities:

Both Heart of a Champion and Peace Dancer describe the need for role models. Discuss with students who their role models are, or what a hero is to them. Create a chart as a class with the traits of what defines a ‘hero’ that students have contributed.

18 Word! (1)

British Columbia
British Columbia
United States
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Granville Island Stage
Suitable for Grades 8-12 and adults.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Language arts + drama and theatre stage craft

Activities:

Ask students to identify one theme that they feel is relevant in their life and create their own poem. The class will put all their poems together to create an anthology of poems that will represent the voice of their collective class. Students will have the opportunity to read their poems during a class Poetry Slam.

  1. Brainstorm themes that students believe apply to their lives.
  2. Create a “Theme Web.”
  3. Conduct a writing workshop in class where students will begin writing their poems. They will complete their poems for homework.
  4. Organize a Poetry Slam for students who want to share their poems.
  5. Collaborate with all the students to put the poems into an anthology.

19 Dispatches from the Danger Zone

United States
British Columbia
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Waterfront Theatre*
Suitable for Grades 10-12 and adults.

Books:

  • Rolling Blackouts, Sarah Glidden
  • News From the Red Desert, Kevin Patterson

Curriculum Connections:

  • Human geography, journalism, observation

Activities:

The key to human rights education is transforming statistics into human beings. While it's nearly impossible to relate to all refugees, it is possible to understand the life of one. 

Ask students to research the refugee situation in the Middle East. 

Follow it up by having your students write a diary pretending to be a refugee teenager making the journey to safety and the joys and complications of establishing a new life in a new country.

20 The Blackthorn Key

Ontario
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:15am
Performance Works*
Suitable for Grades 4-7.

21 Peace Dancer

British Columbia
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:15am
Revue Stage
Suitable for Grades 2-5

Book:

  • Peace Dancer, Roy Henry Vickers

Curriculum Connections:

  • Writing. Art making. 

Activities:

Roy Henry Vickers was so shy when he was a child that he wouldn’t talk at all. It was a chance encounter with an eagle feather that made him feel it was his turn to speak. Peace Dancer details the consequences of children mistreating a crow. Discuss with students when it is appropriate to speak and when it is appropriate to be quiet. Talk about a time where students felt they had to speak up. (E.g: when they saw someone in trouble, when they needed help)

22 Chain Reactions

Newfoundland and Labrador
Ontario
British Columbia
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Performance Works
Suitable for Grades 8-12 and adults.

Books: 

  • The Fixes, Owen Matthews
  • Flannery, Lisa Moore
  • Summer Days, Starry Nights, Vikki VanSickle

Curriculum Connections: 

  • Diversity, Identity & Self esteem

Activities:

Discuss: How important is friendship to you? How did you find or select the friends you have now? Are any of the skills, knowledge or traits you possess due to the company you have kept? 

Have a conversation with a friend about an event that was defining in your friendship and write about the incident in detail.

23 Dinosaur Dreams

Ontario
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:15pm
Waterfront Theatre
Suitable for Grades 4-7.

Book:

  • Every Hidden Thing, Kenneth Oppel

Curriculum Connections: 

  • Historical fiction/reality.

Activity:

Have students research the Dinosaur Provincial Park in Calgary, Alberta or similar museums and parks that house excavated dinosaur bones.

Discuss: Why is it important that we go digging for dinosaur bones? How is history important in understanding the world we live in today? 

24 Lit Up (2): David Denby in Conversation with Susin Nielsen

United States
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Studio 1398
Suitable for Grades 8-12 and adults.

Book:

  • Lit Up, David Denby

Curriculum Connections:

  • Critical Creative thinking. 

Activity:

  1. Divide the class into debate groups which will argue “Books are out-of-date. Agree or disagree?” and “The internet is a good thing. Agree or disagree?”
  2. Set up a panel of judges to decide which team wins and explain why.

25 Back in Time

British Columbia
British Columbia
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Revue Stage
Suitable for Grades 4-7.

Books: 

  • A Day of Signs and Wonders, Kit Pearson
  • Heart of a Champion, Ellen Schwartz

Curriculum Connections:

  • BC History. Narrative writing.

Activities:

Have students brainstorm a time and place in history in which they would like to have lived and research details including the food that was eaten, clothing people wore and cultural norms. Then, direct students to write a 2 page diary entry recording their life in that particular historical moment. 

35 Live and Learn

Ontario
Ontario
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Granville Island Stage
Suitable for Grades 4-7

Books: 

  • Slacker, Gordon Korman
  • Sea Change, Frank Viva

Curriculum Connections: 

  • Creative writing process

Activities:

Discuss: What story do you have to tell? How do you think this story is similar or dissimilar from your classmates’?

Have students describe something interesting about themselves or something that they are passionate about and write about it.

* Programming details have changed since the Festival Program was printed:
We are pleased to announce that Kevin Sands will now be appearing at Live and Learn.
We regret to announce that Gordon Korman will no longer be appearing at Live and Learn.

36 Mythical Modern Worlds

Ontario
British Columbia
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Performance Works
Suitable for Grades 8-12

Books: 

  • The Swan Riders, Erin Bow
  • The Hunt of the Dragon, Chris Humphreys

Curriculum Connections:

  • Creative Writing: Characters and plots.

Activities:

Discuss: Are you seeking out adventure? When and where do you think you will find it? 

Have students write a story in which it is up to them to save the world. Have them detail the events leading up to this crisis and how they would approach the situation. 

37 Blue and Red Make Purple: A Concert with Jennifer Gasoi (1)

Québec
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Waterfront Theatre
Suitable for Grades K-3

Book:

  • Blue and Red Make Purple, Jennifer Gasoi

Curriculum Connections: 

  • Music. Storytelling.

Activities:

Encourage students to play with finger paints, combining colours together to create a colour wheel or chart. 

38 Water Wow!

British Columbia
British Columbia
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:15am
Studio 1398
Suitable for Grades 4-7

Book:

  • Water Wow!, Paula Ayer and Antonia Banyard

Curriculum Connections: 

  • Environment, History, Global  ctizenship

Activities:

Ask students to document and research their own water use — how much water (in litres) does each student use in a 24 hour period? What is the class average, and how does each student compare? What are some practical ways that students can reduce their water use? How can students influence others to use less water?

Where is the source of the local water supply? Students can identify their local watershed and research how water is transported through the watershed from the source to their home/school.

39 Setting the Hook for Suspense

British Columbia
Saskatchewan
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Revue Stage
Suitable for Grades 10-12 and adults

Books:

  • With Malice, Eileen Cook
  • The Death of Us, Alice Kuipers

Curriculum connections:

  • Creative writing process, character development

Activities:

Discuss the concept of ‘heroes’ and ‘villains’ (or protagonists and antagonists). How do stories indicate that someone is a hero or a villain? Why are each important to the story? Explore some different examples of heroes and villains from classic novels, including characters who are sometimes both in the same story. 

Afterwards, instruct students to create a character sketch of either a hero or villain and explain why their character has chosen (or been forced into) a life of heroism or villainy. 

40 Word! (2)

British Columbia
British Columbia
United States
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Granville Island Stage
Suitable for Grades 8-12 and adults.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Language arts + drama and theatre stage craft

Activities:

Ask students to identify one theme that they feel is relevant in their life and create their own poem. The class will put all their poems together to create an anthology of poems that will represent the voice of their collective class. Students will have the opportunity to read their poems during a class Poetry Slam.

  1. Brainstorm themes that students believe apply to their lives.
  2. Create a “Theme Web.”
  3. Conduct a writing workshop in class where students will begin writing their poems. They will complete their poems for homework.
  4. Organize a Poetry Slam for students who want to share their poems.
  5. Collaborate with all the students to put the poems into an anthology.

41 Tomboy Survival Guide

British Columbia
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Performance Works
Suitable for Grades 10-12 and adults

Book: 

  • Tomboy Survival Guide, Ivan Coyote

Curriculum Connections:

  • Cultural identity. Performance arts.

Activities:

Have students discuss what they are thankful for from their upbringing and what they wish they could change. 

Have students write a 2-minute piece on “What it means to be me” and present it in front of the class.

42 Blue and Red Make Purple: A Concert with Jennifer Gasoi (2)

Québec
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Improv Centre
Suitable for Grades 2-4

Book:

  • Blue and Red Make Purple, Jennifer Gasoi

Curriculum Connections: 

  • Reading & Listening.

Activities: 

Jennifer Gasoi’s book Blue and Red Make Purple introduces young readers to various musical instruments from around the world. Building on this, have students choose a musical instrument and do some basic internet research to uncover its history, origin, materials and sound, and write a short report. 

43 Into the Future with Erin Bow

Ontario
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:15pm
Studio 1398
Suitable for Grades 9 and Up.

Book: 

  • The Swan Riders, Erin Bow

Curriculum Connections:

Genre writing: fantasy, science 

Activity:

Have students pick an element of storytelling (plot, setting, character, dialogue) and write a short story with that element at the centre. What does a story focused solely on character development look like? Or a plot-driven story? Then pick another element and try writing the same story. Afterwards, have students do a side-by-side comparison of the two stories and record their reflections. What changed from the first story to the second? Which element was easier to write about?

44 Read It Again, Please!

Ontario
Jamaica
Ontario
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Revue Stage
Suitable for Grades K-3.

Books: 

  • Happy Birthday, Alice Babette, Monica Kulling
  • Anna Carries Water, Olive Senior
  • If I Had a Gryphon, Vikki VanSickle

Curriculum Connections:

  • Narrative story telling. 

Activities:

Discussion: What are your favourite books that you want to read over and over again? How do these books make you feel?

Have students describe the memory of a fun day they had over the summer. Souvenirs such as photographs are encouraged to be a part of the storytelling!

53 Learning from Life

British Columbia
Ontario
Ontario
Ontario
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Granville Island Stage

54 The Ark

Saskatchewan
Ontario
Ontario
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Performance Works
Presented by HarperCollins Canada Ltd.

55 Conceit

Ontario
Ontario
Ontario
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Waterfront Theatre

56 Startle and Illuminate

British Columbia
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Studio 1398
Presented by The Writer's Studio @ SFU.

57 Family Fracas

British Columbia
Ontario
United States
Ontario
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Revue Stage
* Programming details have changed since the Festival Program was printed:
We are pleased to announce that Billie Livingston will now be appearing at Family Fracas.

58 Grand and Monumental

Canada/United States
United States
Québec
United States
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Granville Island Stage

59 Gently to Nagasaki: Joy Kogawa in Conversation with Kathryn Gretsinger

British Columbia
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Waterfront Theatre

60 In-Between Days: Teva Harrison in Conversation with Shaena Lambert

Ontario
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Studio 1398

61 Sibling Strongholds

United States
New Brunswick
Ontario
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Revue Stage

70 Blue and Red Make Purple: A Concert with Jennifer Gasoi (3)

Québec
Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Waterfront Theatre
Suitable for children 5-10 years, families and caregivers. Co-presented with the Vancouver International Children's Festival.