Celebrating students is part of “the Graded Experience”. That only happens because families and teachers have a strong desire to help students make sense of their world.
Twelve years ago, Mario Spanghero, a teacher at Graded, wanted to showcase his students’ writing. He brought his idea to the then director, Gila Fregonesi and Curriculum Coordinator, Eloisa Galesso - Vivas Palavras was born.
When Mario retired in 2010, he passed on his baton to Aleixo Guedes who has been doing an amazing job as Editor-in-Chief. There is a lot of work behind the scenes!
Vivas Palavras more than a contest. The quality of writing students achieve reflects all the effort that happens in each classroom. Teachers are mentors to our emerging writers. They build on their strengths and set high standards. They encourage students to take risks. They are passionate and value diversity.
Students actually discover what they have to say in the process of writing and drawing. They get feedback, and revise many times before submitting their pieces.
This year the theme of the contest was “São Paulo”, and we published two volumes: Volume I (4th -8th) and Volume II (9th -12th). The selected student authors and illustrators were published in our Vivas Palavras 2016 edition, recognized during assemblies and received a book voucher to choose a mentor author.
Vivas Palavras has become the annual literary celebration for the Brazilian Studies and World Languages Department. We invite professionals to talk to our students about their personal and professional stories, and share their craft. Our guests this week were:
- Elizandra Souza, journalist, poet, feminist activist
- Vagner de Alencar, journalist and writer
- Bruna Beber, blogger
- Jennyfer Nascimento, poet and educator
- Clara Averbuck, poet and editor of the site “Lugar de mulher”
- Luciana Garcia, writer
As you read the texts in Portuguese, Spanish and French, you will understand how our students make their words come alive with their critical eyes, respect for diversity, compassion and the desire to make this world a better place.
Nelson Mandela says, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart”.
Our students have embraced all their languages and speak from the heart!
Vagner de Alencar