Devin'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
Mixed Up Files Konigsburg
9/1/17
10/20/17
yes
e
Blackthorn Key Mark of the Plague Sands
9/7/17
10/23/17
yes
JR
Inspector Flytrap Angleberger and Bell
9/13/17
9/13/17
yes
E
Blackthorn Key The Assassin's Curse
10/20/17
11/27/17
yes
jr
Magnus Chase Riordan
12/28/17




















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 Devin,
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 Inspector Flytrap 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 27, 2017
Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
The book I am reading now is the Blackthorn Key Mark of the Plague. I like it because there is a lot of action for example, "suddenly a blaze of green light flew into the sky". Sally lit her firework then Christopher blew a hole in Tom's roof. Christopher dragged Tom out of his house. The guard was chasing after them. I also like that it is a mystery.
Sincerely,
Devin

October 23, 2017
Dear Devin,
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 23, 2017
Dear Mrs.McGinnity,
In the Mixed-Up Files the book and the movie have similarities and differences. In both the movie and the book they run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
As far as differences, in the book they take a bus and a train but in the movie they take only the bus. In the book they talk more to each other and there was more action but in the movie there was not much talking. Those are the reasons why I liked the book better than the movie.
Sincerely,
Devin

November 6, 2017
Dear Devin,
I agree with you, I liked the book better than the movie. I felt like I really understood the characters better in the book. Jamie was much funnier in the book and I understood Claudia's feeling better too.
In class we are reading Eleven. What do you think is important to know about Sam'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 Sam 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

11/6/2017
Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
One thing you should know about Sam is that he was missing. A character trait is that Sam is curious. For example, when he sees a newspaper clipping with his face on it he wondered what it says and he asked his friend to come over and look at it. I think he will figure out that someone kidnapped him because why would the newspaper clipping say he was missing?
Sincerely,
Devin


December 3, 2017
Dear Devin ,
Thank you for your last letter about Eleven. Now that you have reached the end of the book I'd like you to think about Sam's character at the beginning of the story and at the end. What important life-lesson do you think Sam 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. Are you almost done with Blackthorn Key?



December 6, 2017
Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
One thing Sam learned in the story is that don't give up because when he was building the castle it took a while. Then Caroline left so he had to do it himself. Also he could not figure out the mystery but did not give up. One thing I learned is that you have to keep trying even when you feel stuck.
From,
Devin
p.s. It is a really thick book and it has been 2 books in the blackthorn key series


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?

1/18/2018
Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
In the book Magnus Chase, Magnus died fighting Surt. Since he was a brave fighter, he goes to a hotel were everyone who dies bravely goes when they are dead. I think Sam and Magnus are going to work together to find the sword of summer.
From,
Devin

February 5, 2018
Dear Devin,,
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
p.s. Is your book log up-to-date?

February 7, 2018
Dear, Mrs. McGinnity
In the book Magnus Chase, Magnus was fighting a Norse god and he dies in the fight but after he goes to a hotel were they train for Ragnarock (the end of the world).
The cause is him dying and the effect is him going to his after life in a hotel. This is important because if he did not die he would still be living and have no idea what is happening.
From,
Devin