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:

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Mixed up Files Konigsburg

the nest

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!

October 23, 2017
Dear Erica,
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.
Mrs. McGinnity

October 25, 2017
Dear Mrs.McGinnity,
During the book of The Mixed Up Files, Claudia and Jamie decided to run away from home and sleep in a museum. They found a sculpture of an angel that has the print of Michaelangelo on it . They go on this adventure to find out if it was actually made by Michaelangelo.
In the movie they rode a bus and to the museum. But in the book thy took a train and a bus to the museum. Also in the book they typed the letter and rented a P.O. box . In the movie they did not rent a P.O. BOX.
I personally like the movie better. I fell like it has more action, My reasons to support that are: In the movie Jamie calls his parents. In the book he does not.I feel like the movie they take more chances
I hope one day i could read and watch a movie just like this.
Yours Truley,
Erica Mae Sheffield

November 6, 2017
Dear Erica,
Thank you for your letter. I happen to like the book better than the movie but I do agree with you that Claudia and Jamie are more daring in the movie! Pretending to be different people and even using the parents' names is pretty courageous! I hope you get a chance to read the book.
In class we are reading Pictures of Hollis Woods. What do you think is important to know about Hollis's character? What is an important character trait that you think describes her and WHY? What are your predictions for what will happen next to Hollis 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 8, 2017
Dear Mrs.McGinnity,
In the book of Pictures of Hollis Woods a character trait that she has is she is artistic.
I think that is a big part of the story because she draws to remember the fun parts of life and collect memories that she has with each family.
Something that you should know about hollis is that she has been though about 7 foster homes, She had about 9 familys , And she has this new good bond with her foster mother know. her name is josie!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Im looking fowered to reading the rest of the book!!!!!
Erica Mae Sheffield : )

December 3, 2017
Dear Erica,
It has been some time since you entered an at-home reading book on your log at the top of the page. Since part of your homework is to read 20 minutes per school night, I should see more than one title on your log. Please find a good-fit chapter book and enter it. If you need help I can assist you at school or I am sure Mrs. Adamo would help you in library/media.
Thank you for your last letter about Pictures of Hollis Woods. Now that you have reached the end of the book I'd like you to think about Hollis' character at the beginning of the story and at the end. What important life-lesson do you think Hollis learned from her 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.
Mrs. McGinnity

December 6, 2017
Dear Mrs.Mcginnity,
In pictures of Hollis woods, i think Hollis learned that think before you act. Because she runs away from the Reagans and at the end she regrets it.
I learned that you should always respect your elders because in this book Hollis is very nice to Josie.
I can't wait to read your next book.

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.
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 18, 2018
Dear Mrs.McGinnity
In the book that i'm reading the main characters name is august. In the story what is happening is that Auggie is starting a new school and he has a disability. in the book it says that "Every time someone looks at me they scream and run away."
The character is also changing in the story because he use to be home schooled and he has to go to a public school and he does not like it at school.
I cant wait to read the next chapter!!!!!!
Erica Mae Sheffield


February 5, 2018
Dear Erica,
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 7, 2017
Dear Mrs. McGinnity
In the book I have been reading called wonder, I found a cause and a effect in the story. The cause and effect that I read was, August went to school and some kids bullied him, The next day his best friend Jack yelled at the kid who was bulling him. This is important to the narrative because Jack is sticking up for August and that is a good thing to do.
looking forward to the next wiki!!!
Love, Erica

Dear Erica,
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.
Mrs. McGinnity

MAKE SURE YOUR BOOK LOG IS UP-TO-DATE. THIS WAS LAST WEEK'S HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT. This has been an on-going problem this year that can be easily fixed :)

May 7,2018
Dear Erica,
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!)