Dean's Wiki Page


Welcome to your personal page! It is here that you will keep track of what you are reading. You will need to click on the EDIT button to make changes and you will need to click on SAVE when you are done. To begin we are going to add book titles, author's and other information to the chart below:

TITLE OF BOOK AUTHOR'S LAST NAME
DATE STARTED
DATE FINISHED
RECOMMEND?
E, JR, C or A
Mix Up [[#|Files]] Konigsburg
9-1-17
10/20/17
Yes!!!!!
JR
Stone Rabbit Craddock
9-7-17
9-8-17
Sure
E
The Misadventures of the [[#|Family]] Fletcher
9-25-17
10/3/17
No
E
Fish In A Tree Hunt
10/12/17
10/19/17
Sure
JR
True Tales Of Animal Heroes Zullo
10/23/17
11/30/17
Yes
JR
Timmy Failure We Meet Again Pastis
12/6/17
12/10/17
yes
C
Dog Man Unleashed Pilley
1/22/18
1/25/18
yes
c
The Sea of Monsters Riodan
1/29/18
4/25/18
yes
C
Pug Pals Ahn
4/25/18





It is your responsibility to keep this [[#|log]] up-to-date. You fill in any time you start a new book or any time you finish. You must spell the title and author's name correctly and both should be capitalized. Our first entry will be done in class and then you need to add your at-home reading [[#|books]] as needed. When you need more lines, let me know!

September 24, 2017
Dear Dean,
This week's wiki assignment is to write a letter back to me about the book you are reading at home. You can write about Stone Rabbit or your next book (remember to put it on the [[#|log]]!). Tell me if you like the book and why or why not. Please give two examples to support your [[#|opinion]], (examples of sentence starters for your example: "I liked this book because... I also thought that....".) Your letter should be at least 3 [[#|complete sentences]] long. It should include the 5 parts of a friendly letter, date, [[#|greeting]], [[#|body]], closing, and your name. You can write more, but that's up to you! Post your letter right below mine. I'm looking forward to reading your letter!
Best Wishes,
Mrs. McGinnity..

September 28,2017
Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
I am reading The Misadventures of the [[#|Family]] Fletcher. So far I like it but I have not finished the book yet. I like it because it's very interesting. In my opinion it is realistic.
Sincerely,
Dean


October 23, 2017
Dear Dean,
Hello! I hope your week is off to a great start. This week's assignment is to use the Venn Diagram we made in class and write me a letter that compares and contrasts the book, The Mixed Up [[#|Files]] of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler, with the movie version. (In your letter you can just call it The Mixed Up [[#|Files]].) You should give an example of one major way they are the same, and one major way they are different. Your final sentence should explain to me which one you liked better and WHY (that means use ,EVIDENCE). Remember, you must include the 5 parts of a friendly letter: date, [[#|greeting]], body, closing and your name. You must also post your letter right below this one. Proofread too!
I look forward to reading your letter.
Love,
Mrs. McGinnity


October 26, 2017
Dear Mrs. McGinnity
The book is the same because they had the same plot. In the book Claudia in the book picked Jamie. In the movie the same thing happens. In the movie Claudia wants know more about the Angel, and is repeated in the book. One thing that's different about the two is in the book the Butler drove them home, but in the the movie when they leave Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler's [[#|house]] the parents are at the front door. I liked the book more because the book includes more detail and everything was [[#|easier]] to understand.
Sincerely,
Dean.

November 6, 2017
Dear Dean,
Thank you for your letter. I loved the part in the book of The Mixed Up [[#|Files]] when Claudia and Jamie get driven home and Jamie is pressing all the buttons. It is the chauffeur, Sheldon, though, who drives them home. The butler, Parks is the one who serves them the macaroni and cheese.
In class we are reading Troublemaker. What do you think is important to know about Clay's character? What is an important character trait that you think describes him and WHY? What are your predictions for what will happen next to Clay in the story and why do you think that? Your letter should [[#|answer]] the 3 questions above and should include the 5 parts of the friendly letter.
I look forward to reading your letter!
Love, Mrs. McGinnity

November 9, 2017
Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
Like you said I am reading Troublemaker. In my opinion I think Clay is a careless kid. My reasoning behind this is that if a teacher embarrassed Clay, he would go out of his way to get back at them and that is why Clay drew the picture of his principal as a donkey. He does not care if he gets in trouble for what he does. He just wanted to get back at principal,or anyone that embarrasses him. My prediction is that Clay is going to snap out of it and get in so much trouble that he will get expelled.
Sincerely,
Dean

December 3, 2017
Dear Dean,
Thank you for your last letter about Troublemaker. Now that you have reached the end of the book I'd like you to think about Clay's character at the beginning of the story and at the end. What important life-lesson do you think Clay learned from his experiences in the story? What did you learn by reading this book? This is sometimes called the author's message or theme. Be sure to [[#|answer]] both questions, even if you think both you and the character learned the same thing. Don't forget all 5 parts of the friendly letter! Post your letter below mine.
Love,
Mrs. McGinnity
p.s. You MUST have an at-home reading book on your [[#|log]].


December 6, 2017
Dear Mrs. McGinnity
Clay, at the beginning of the book, was a bad kid. He would prank everyone, even the teachers. At the beginning it said something about how Clay's folder in the office gets bigger and bigger every day. I think that Clay is calm in the office at the beginning because he has been in there so many times that he was used to it. At the end he learned that being bad is wrong and just gets him into lots of trouble. I learned that life is better if you do the right thing.
Sincerely,
Dean

January 16, 2018
Happy New Year!
For your first wiki letter of the new year, please [[#|make sure]] your book [[#|log]] is up-to-date. You should be reading a good fit chapter book 20 minutes each night.
Next, we are working on monitoring our comprehension as we read to make sure we really understand what we are reading. Think about your at-home reading book. [[#|Answer]] two of the monitoring questions about your book in your friendly letter back to me. [[#|[[#|Make sure]]]] you include all 5 parts of a friendly letter.
Love,
Mrs. McGinnity

Monitoring for [[#|Comprehension Questions]] (pick 2)
1. What is happening in the story?
2. What is happening to the characters?
3. Is the character changing?
4. What do I think will happen next?
5. What is the problem?


January 28, 2018
Dear Mrs.McGinnity
I have been reading Dog Man Unleashed by Dave Pilkey. I picked question number 1 and 5. What is happening in the story is that a character named Chief is having his birthday today. Dog Man and the other police officers decided to have a birthday party for Chief, and Dog Man was sent out to buy a present for Chief. Dog Man went into the pet [[#|store]] and destroyed everything and when he finally remembered what he was looking for he had a problem. He checked and he didn't have [[#|any money]].
Sincerely,
Dean

February 5, 2018
Dear Dean,
We have been working on cause and effect in reading. Cause is the reason something happens and effect is the result, what actually does happen due to the cause. We sometimes call it reason & result.
Think about your at-home reading book. Identify an important example of cause and effect. It should be important because it some how impacts the character or the story's plot. Think of it this way, if it DIDN'T happen, the action or the story would be completely different. EXPLAIN why this cause and effect example is important to the narrative.
I look forward to reading your letter!
Love, Mrs. McGinnity

February 8, 2018
Dear Mrs.McGinnity
I am reading The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. In the book Tyson throw the bronze ball at the monster causing the monster turned into ashes. Since the monster turned into ashes the other monster got mad. Since the monster was mad he started to throw bronze balls at the kids. All the kids got scared and were running all over the place. The monster throw a ball and the wall broke. Since the wall broke the pieces hit Tyson's head. Since he got hit on the head he was knocked out. Percy, the main character has a friend named Annabeth walk in with the knife and stabbed the monster in the back causing him to turn into ashes.
Sincerely,
Dean


MAKE SURE YOUR BOOK LOG IS UP-TO-DATE
3-5-18
Dear Dean,
As we saw in class, when we read we can learn from and teach our characters. This week here is what you need to do: Introduce me to your main character and tell me two or three important character traits. (one sentence.) Then tell me about a time when your main character interacted with another character in the story (this should only be about one sentence.) Finally you can decide to share with me the advice you would want to give your character OR you can tell me what you learned from your character's behavior. I look forward to understanding what you INFERRED from your character's behavior.
Love,
Mrs. McGinnity


3-8-18
Dear Mrs. McGinnity
In my book The Sea of Monsters the main character Percy is brave, adventurous, and a dare devil. This was shown when "I knew it was hopeless, but I charged." Next Percy shows sympathy towards Tyson. When Tyson was getting picked by the other kids Percy said "Don't worry big guy. Everything's going to be fine." This quote shows that Percy is nice and caring towards his friends. I have learned from Percy that you should stick up for your friends and to be there when they need you the most.
Sincerely,
Dean

May 7,2018
Dear Dean,
Please use your Storyworks magazine and choose a side about our recent discussion on texting and walking. Should it be banned? Make sure you have three reasons to support your opinion. Your letter is due Friday.
Love Mrs. McGinnity
(p.s. sorry the picture is sideways! I saved it vertically and it keeps putting it like this on the sight!)

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the damage.
Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
I think that texting and walking should be banned, and this is why.
You're driving home and someone steps onto the street looking at their phone. You slam on your brakes as hard as you can. This person almost got hit by a car because he was not paying attention to his surroundings.
Getting hit by a car is very bad and there is an increased chance of you getting hit by a car when you are texting while crossing a street. "Between the years 2000 and 2011, distracted walking led to 11,000 injuries. In England "lamppost have been padded to protect people who walk into them while starring at their phones." Many people get injured by cars because their are distracted by their phones and it needs to stop.
Hitting something with a car can cause lots of damage and can cost thousands of dollars to repair the damage. So, when you walk across a street without looking, cars have to step on the breaks and even if they don't hit you the car behind the one that almost hit you could hit that car. Causing lot of damage to the car. Cars also might try turning so they won't hit you. They can drive into lampposts, sighs. trees, cars going the other way, animals, other people, people's homes and etc. Crashing into other's properties is no joke and my example is a why to stop from causing damage.
People can get easily distracted and with there phone, it can get worse. "Our brains can't focus on both our phones and what is happening around us." It is possible to walk into a forest where you have no signal. In the woods it is possible to be attacked by wild animals.
As you can see Texting and walking should be ban because it's dangerous, it can cause lots of damage and you can get lost.