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Thursday, August 27, 2009

UOG Language Arts Conference - November 6 & 7, 2009











Note: Click on the images above to get a clearer view of the pictures.


The 22nd Annual Regional Language Arts Conference (LAC) will be held Friday-Saturday, November 6 & 7, 2009. The theme is “Multicultural Approaches in Language Arts Education.” The LAC is an opportunity for professional growth and enrichment in literacy for educators in the Western Pacific region. Presentations will focus on reading and writing across the content areas with particular attention on approaches in the multicultural context. Proposals for individual and panel presentations on innovative reaching strategies, research reports, and practical workshops are welcome. Presentations will be scheduled in forty-five minute blocks.


LAC forms are available online at www.uog.edu or visit http://www.geocities.com/uog_lac


Call for Proposals:

Call for proposals are being accepted now, and the deadline for submissions is September 30, 2009. If you have any questions, please call Debbie Respicio at 735-2725/6 or e-mail languageartsconf@uguam.uog.edu


Registration Fees:

Early Bird (by Sept. 30, 2009), Presenter, UOG Student, IRA Member - $40

Pre-Registration (By Oct. 23, 2009) - $45

On-site or after Oct. 23, 2009 - $55

Please make checks payable to “UOG Language Arts Conference”


Graduate Credits/CEUs:

You can earn two (2) graduate ED894 graduate credits/CEUs for attending the LAC. You must register for the conference before you register for the graduate credits at the Professional and International Programs (PIP), 2nd floor, MARC/Computer Center/PIP Building, Room #217. The course is eligible for YEC support to qualified GDOE educators who have been officially processed through the Dr. Antonio C. Yamashita Educators Corps (YEC). For additional information about funding call YEC, call 735-2470. You may also e-mail the instructor, Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera at mnrivera1@yahoo.com.

Language and Literacy - Class of Spring 2009















Graduate students in the University of Guam's Master of Education in Language and Literacy Program completed their final program requirements on May 16, 2009. They graduated on May 31, 2009. Pictured front row L-R: Dr. Catherine Stoicovy, Language and Literacy Program Advisor; and Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Language and Literacy Program Instructor. Back row L-R: Sheila Santos Indalecio; Lucille Linder; Ceferino Duarosan, Jr.; Kate Pappano; and Lorna Gonzalez.


EN100 Presentation:















Undergraduate students enrolled in the EN100 Fundamentals of College English course completed the spring semester on May 12, 2009 with a presentation of their creative writing projects. The course is an integrated reading and writing course that prepares students for further English courses and further study at the University. Pictured front row L-R: Rodney Villagomez; Andrea Washington; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, instructor; Jelene Quichocho; and Daniel Quitugua. Back row L-R: Gloriette Babauta; Sharon Seivers; Raynna Meno; Rhonda Mantanona; Rowena Johnson; Detasha Aguero; Rogelio Orio; Delona Barlongo; and John Ananich.
ED646 Presentation:














Language and Literacy Master of Education students enrolled in the University of Guam's ED646 The Organization and Supervision of Reading Programs course completed the semester on May 14, 2009 with a presentation of their online LiveText Portfolio and Final Reflection at the University of Guam. The course introduces students to organization, administration, and supervision of school reading programs (K-12). Students examine roles of reading personnel, evaluate major reading programs, and develop, implement, and evaluate a reading program at the classroom and school level. Pictured above L-R: Alan Jamison; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, instructor; Kate Pappano; and Sheila Santos Indalecio.
ED644 Presentation:















Language and Literacy Master of Education students enrolled in the University of Guam’s ED644 Literacy Instructional Lab course completed the semester on May 13, 2009 with a presentation of their online LiveText Portfolio and Final Reflection. The course builds on the students’ experience in ED643: Literacy Assessment, with focus on reading and writing instruction for children and adolescents with diverse learning needs. Pictured above L-R: Lucille Linder; Kate Pappano; Lorna Gonzalez; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, instructor; Sheila Indalecio; and Ceferino Duarosan, Jr.
T-Chart:

The T-Chart is a graphic organizer that enables students to organize their thoughts as they must list or examine two facets of a topic, such as pros and cons, advantages and disadvantages, problems and solutions, facts versus opinions, strengths and weaknesses, etc. Enjoy the following graphic organizer!




















Note: Click on the images above to get a clearer picture of the graphic organizers.


Notes from previous posting: Graphic organizers convert complex information into manageable chunks. They make content area information more accessible to English Language Learners. They include webs, Venn diagrams, charts, and other visual tools that enable your ELLs to better comprehend and organize information that is taught. This will further allow your ELLs to develop their higher level thinking skills and promote their creativity.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Cluster/Cloud Diagrams:

Cluster/Cloud Diagrams can help to systematize the brainstorm of ideas or questions based upon a central tropic or question. By using this type of graphic organizer, you can effectively generate many ideas in an organized fashion.








































Note: Click on the images above to get a clearer picture of the graphic organizers.

Notes from previous posting: Graphic organizers convert complex information into manageable chunks. They make content area information more accessible to English Language Learners. They include webs, Venn diagrams, charts, and other visual tools that enable your ELLs to better comprehend and organize information that is taught. This will further allow your ELLs to develop their higher level thinking skills and promote their creativity.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Story Star:

The story star is a wonderful graphic organizer that students can use to recall important facts of a story. Enjoy the following instructional tool! The visual is self-explanatory.





































Note: Click
on the images above to get a clearer picture of the graphic organizer.

Notes from previous posting: Graphic organizers convert complex information into manageable chunks. They make content area information more accessible to English Language Learners. They include webs, Venn diagrams, charts, and other visual tools that enable your ELLs to better comprehend and organize information that is taught. This will further allow your ELLs to develop their higher level thinking skills and promote their creativity.

Friday, August 07, 2009

ABC's of Family Literacy:




















This coming week marks the beginning of SY2009-2010 for the Guam Department of Education. I am hopeful that we will have a fruitful school year filled with academic activities that will positively impact our children. Of course, with the swine flu HIN1 in the midst we must be very cautious, and there’s no doubt that it is a factor that must be taken into consideration. Let’s hope and pray that our children will be safe from this flu and other harmful instances.


I’ve always been an advocate for parental involvement, because it makes a world of difference! The family is considered to be one of the most powerful indicators of success for children. Therefore, family literacy is essential to increase a child’s literacy skills. Our children must listen, read, write, speak, and learn each day, so that their lives can be enriched in meaningful literacy. In an effort to promote family literacy, I’ve created the ABC’s of Family Literacy, which I’ve shared in the past, but I’d like to share it again to remind others on the importance of family literacy. Enjoy!


ABC’s of Family Literacy


A lways take the time to read to your child at home.

B elieve in your child’s ability to achieve literacy success.

C reate a print-rich environment.

D iscover the importance of literacy together.

E ncourage your child to read daily.

F ocus on a positive reading experience.

G rab your favorite book and read!

H andle reading and writing with care.

I nspire your child to read with meaning.

J oin family literacy events.

K eep up the great work!

L isten to your child read.

M ake reading a ritual at home.

N ever give up!

O pen your mind to the wonderful world of reading!

P repare your child for literacy success.

Q uality time is essential. Make time for it.

R ead and write with enjoyment.

S et a good role model.

T alk about the books you are reading.

U se prior experience and knowledge to enrich your child’s reading.

V isit the library or bookstore and select an age-appropriate book to enjoy reading.

W ear a SMILE!

X out and conquer all obstacles!

Y ou can make a difference!

Z oom in on literacy strategies to enhance reading.

©mnrivera

Saturday, August 01, 2009


UOG's Summer Session B ended this past Friday, July 31, 2009. Time certainly goes by fast! I will miss my EN085 students, but I'm confident that they will use the writing skills that they've gained to excel in their academic studies! Kudos to all of them!

Pictured L-R front row: Naomi Atoigue, Jeannelle Santos, Sharlene Aguon, Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Pauline Cruz, Kiko Yamamoto, Luz Aninzo, and Lou Aguon. Back row L-R: Frank Martinez, Gloria Sonis, Kyle Blas, Bella Dendy, and Kaori Isozaki. Not pictured are Marian Almeria, Nina Espinosa, and Courtney Higa.