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UPCOMING MEETING:

OCTOBER 21, 2017
READ TO THE BEAT 70's!

Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Venue: JQ San Miguel Elementary School, Toto

September 2017 Snapshots



Guam IRA Donates Children's Books to Organizations -

On December 3, 2016, the Guam Council of the International Reading Association donated books to three organizations during its Annual Community Book Fair held at the Agana Shopping Center. The organizations that received the book donation include the Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Island Girl Power; and Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association.


Guam IRA Donation to organizations on Dec. 3, 2016: Pictured L-R: Mariana Guzman, PIBBA member; Juanita Blaz, Island Girl Power Director; Toni Calvo, PIBBA member; Theresa "Ewy" Taitano, PIBBA Guam President; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Guam IRA President; Lois T. Gumataotao, PIBBA Secretary; Julia N. Rivera, Big Brothers, Big Sisters volunteer; and Benit Lizama, PIBBA member.



IRA Co-Sponsors Annual Regional Language Arts Conference


The 29th Annual Regional Language Arts Conference held on November 18 and 19, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Guam was a success! Its theme was “Reading Writing Together: Collaborate to Callibrate.” The keynote speaker was Dr. Kevin Colleary who focused on "Reading Content, Reading Opinion, Reading Narrative: Reading ALL Sorts of Writing Together!" The plenary speaker was Dr. Margaruite Smith who focused on "Common Core Standards." The LAC was co-sponsored by the Guam Council of the International Reading Association. Enjoy the following snapshots taken during the conference!


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October 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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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Effective Literacy Website: Storyline Online


Storyline Online (http://www.storylineonline.net/) is appealing for several reasons.  First, the layout of the website is very eye-catching.  This invites you to explore the website a little more.  The visuals and audio are wonderful.  Secondly, each book is read aloud.  You will love how simple the website is.  Information does not overwhelm the website.
The home page of Storyline Online is full of vibrant, inviting colors.  Each book is large enough to see the details of the covers and there are sound effects if you scroll over each book.  When you click on the book, it leads you to a video of the Read-Aloud.  The video is a good size for the website.  It is not too large or too small.
Each video is read aloud by a celebrity.  The length of the Read-Aloud is given as well as a short synopsis of the book.  Each book is beautifully read.  Images from the book are shown in the video.
The simplicity of the website is wonderful.  It is very easy to navigate and there are not many words to overwhelm the website.  There are no advertisements on the corners to distract from it and all the links work well.
Although the amount of books offered is limited, they have popular titles such as The Rainbow Fish, Stellaluna, Harry the Dirty Dog, and Knots on a Counting Rope.  There are only twenty-four total books available on the website.  Hopefully, a larger variety of books will be provided later on the website.

Storyline Online is a resourceful website for parents, students, or other teachers.  Experiencing Read-Alouds is very important when developing literacy skills in children.  Some children may not be exposed to this when they begin to read.  This website affords children this experience.  It is very colorful and may attract the attention of young children simply because of its aesthetic appeal.  Videos are attached to each book so that the children may have a better Read-Aloud experience.
 
*Contributed by Rachel Flores in partial fulfillment for ED638:  Teaching with the Internet instructed by Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera

**To view more literacy websites, visit http://ed638effectiveliteracywebsites.blogspot.com


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