MARK YOUR CALENDAR!


UPCOMING MEETING:

February 10, 2018 ~ Read-A-Thon 2018 Kick Off!

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Venue: Agana Shopping Center
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January Meeting 2018 Snapshots

Language Arts Conference - Dec. 1 & 2




Guam IRA Donates Children's Books to Organizations -

On November 18, 2017, the Guam Council of the International Reading Association donated books to three organizations during its 17th Annual Community Book Fair held at the Agana Shopping Center. The organizations that received the book donation include the Micronesian Resource Center; Philippine School; and Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association.

Guam IRA Donation to organizations on November 18, 2017: Pictured L-R: Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Guam IRA Webmaster and Immediate Past President; Rufina Mendiola, Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) member; Aileen Namelo, Micronesia Resource Center Project Manager; Rose Cruz Castro, Guam IRA President; Liwanag Dominguez, Philippine school representative; and Geri Charfauros, Guam IRA Treasurer.
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January Newsletter




Inaugural IRA Anthology


Getting an IRA grant is the perfect opportunity for you to enhance your students' reading experience. For more information, see Martha Sudo at the Grants table.

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Click on the following links to access important grant information and the IRA grant application, which are now Word-ready! Just download them, and you are ready to type!


IRA Grant Schedule for SY2017-2018

IRA Grant Application for SY2017-2018




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Monday, March 22, 2010

Youth Music Workshop Caught a Song with Eric Ode

Pictured above are left back row: Visiting Songwriter, Author, and Poet Eric Ode with the participants at the Youth Music Workshop at IP Cafe on March 20, 2010.



Eric Ode and a group of young children who participated in the Youth Music Workshop at the IP Coffee Co. in Mangilao wrote a song together on March 20, 2010.

First they brainstormed to get an idea they wanted to work on. The list included, “No, don’t”, which turned out to be the “hook” they were looking for.

Ode enjoyed his music workshop with the children. “It’s hard to keep yourself out of the process when you’re writing with kids,” Ode said. “I wanted it to be all their ideas. After we had a few lines, I asked, "How would you sing that? And as the kids tried out different melodies we heard just the right one,” he said.

As the group went through the writing process, they chose words and changed words several times before they agreed. The paper was full of rhyming lists, scratched out and rewritten words. But the finished song was one they were all proud of. Ode picked out the chords they were singing, and they put it to the test. The following are the lyrics they developed that just happens to be a great poem too!


Don’t Eat the Pie

by the Youth Music Workshop with Eric Ode

Grandma took the pie out of the oven.
She put it on the counter to cool.
Chanelle smelled the pie from next door
And asked for three slices or more.

No, don’t eat the pie!
The pie is for the party.
Oh, no, don’t eat the pie!
The people will be angry.
There won’t be enough.
The little kids will cry,
So don’t eat the pie.

Grandma brought the pie to the party.
The people said, Grandma, what a pie.
She set it near the potato chips,
the fruit punch, and the chicken strips

And Grandma said,
(repeat the chorus)

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