John Robert'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
I guess
C
Full Cicada Moon Hilton
9 - 9 - 17
12-2-17
yes definitely
C
Roller Girl, Victoria Jamieson
10-19-17
10-19-17
Yes
JR
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Getaway, Kinney
12-4-17
12-31-17
Yes
JR
Another Day As Emily, Spinelli
12-11-17
1-14-18
Yes
JR
Nuts to You, Perkins
1-16-18

No way
A
Wayside school I s Falling Down Louis Sachar
1-29-18
2-17-18
Yes
JR
The Nest
2-15-18

No
A
Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger Louis Sachar
2-19-18
3-7-18
Definitely!
JR
The Amazing World of Gumball, Recipe for Disaster, Ben Bocquelet
3-1-18
3-1-18
Yes
E
Greenglass House, Kate Milford
3-7-18
5-8-18
Not really
C
Fish in a Tree, Lynda Mullaly Hunt
3-10-18
4-17-18
Definitely
JR
Smile, Raina Telgemeier
3-31-18
4-1-18
For sure
E
Real Friends, Shannon Hale
4-21-18

Didn't Like
A
The Witch Boy, Molly Knox Ostertag
4-22-18

Terrible
A
Swing it, Sunny, Jennifer L Holm
4-25-18
5-1-18
Yes
E
Wonder, R. J. Palacio
5-5-18
6-18-18
yes definitely
JR


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 John Robert,
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 Full Cicada Moon 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 26, 2017
Dear Mrs. McGinnity:
My book is a “Just Right” book for me. It has good fit words and it is not that complicated. The book is called Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton. I am enjoying the book because it has a good plot. Mimi moved to a new town. Everyone looks at her differently. She is trying to figure out how to fit in. People might relate to Mimi (the main character) because some people are judged by how they look. For example, on page 85, the man serving Ice Cream asked, “what are you?” That made Mimi feel uncomfortable and she left. Another example is when Mimi asked her neighbor, Farmer Dell, if she could borrow his snow blower. He responded, “I don’t give my things out to strangers.” I have really enjoyed the book so far and I wonder what is going to happen next with Mimi.
Sincerely,
John Robert Sasso


October 23, 2017
Dear John Robert,
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 25, 2017
Dear Mrs. McGinnity:
Hello Mrs. McGinnity. I really liked the The Mixed Up Files book better than the movie because there were more details to the story. Something different I didn't understand in the movie of The Mixed Up Files is that in the book Claudia had 3 brothers but in the movie Claudia had 2 brothers. Something that was the same in the book and movie of The Mixed Up Files was that Jamie and Claudia ran away because Claudia felt like her parents and her brothers did not care about her. This is why I liked the book more than the movie.
Sincerely,
John Robert Sasso

November 6, 2017
Dear John Robert,
Thank you for your letter. You gave excellent examples when you compared and contrasted the book and the movie.
In your next letter please tell me something important about the main character in Full Cicada Moon. I have not read it so please also think of a character trait that describes your character best. What do you think will happen next to your character?
Your letter should answer the 3 questions above and it should have the 5 parts of a friendly letter.
I look forward to reading it.
Love, Mrs. McGinnity

November 9, 2017
Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
The book I am reading is Full Cicada Moon. The main character is Mimi. When Mimi moved to a new house, she had to go to a new school. At the new school Mimi was very shy. She did not fit in because she was different (Asian/Black). But she is not that shy now. She is very brave and determined. An example is that Mimi went to shop class even though she was a girl. So she asked Stacy, her best friend, to come with her to the shop class and they did. Mimi and Stacy sat at a table in the shop class and when the shop teacher asked them to leave they ignored him. Mimi and Stacy just sat quietly and didn’t get up and leave the class. Then they both got suspended and Mimi was brave about getting suspended from school without crying. My prediction on what is going to happen next is that Mimi and Stacy are going to the school board to see if girls can go to shop and for boys to go home economics if they want to. That is my example on Mimi being brave and determined and my prediction on what is going to happen next.
Sincerely,
John Robert Sasso

December 3, 2017
Dear John Robert,
I am so glad you finished Full Cicada Moon. Don't forget to update your book log. Think back on the story and tell me something you believe Mimi learned in the story that is a good life-lesson for other people. This is called the author's message or theme. Maybe you learned something yourself by reading about Mimi. Don't forget the 5 parts of a friendly letter.
Love,
Mrs. McGinnity

December 6, 2017
Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
Mimi learned that being determined meant that she could do anything if she put her mind to it. For example, Mimi wanted to buy a scarf for her mom but the shop clerk said that she stole something that was not even at the store. I think that the clerk did that because of Mimi's skin color. Then Mimi left, but later Mimi went back in the store and was determined to buy the scarf for her mom even though she got kicked out of the store. The bad thing was that it was the same clerk that kicked Mimi out before. Mimi put a brave face on and walked up to the clerk with a very important coin that Timothy gave her. Mimi said "I would like this scarf", and the clerk said "hey I already kicked you out." But then Mimi said "would this change your mind." It was Timothy's rare coin. Then the clerk got the coin and Mimi got the scarf for her mom. This is a good life lesson telling people to not live life in fear.
Sincerely,
John Robert Sasso

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 18, 2018
Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
The book I just read was called "Another Day As Emily." The book was about a girl named Suzy and her struggles in life. She felt sad and forgotten when her brother became a hero and her best friend got a part in a play but Suzy didn't. So Suzy pretended to be Emily Dickinson because she wanted to feel special. As Emily, Suzy turned herself into a recluse. But it did not make her feel special and instead it made her feel even more alone. In the end, Suzy became herself again and realized her friends and family knew she was special just the way she was.
Sincerely,
John Robert Sasso

February 5, 2018
Dear John Robert,
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.
I look forward to reading your letter!
Love, Mrs. McGinnity


February 8, 2018
Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
The book I am reading is called "Wayside School Is Falling Down." In this book each chapter is its own mini story. In a recent chapter, a boy named DJ lost his watch that his grandpa gave him. Kathy, a mean girl in Mrs. Jewls class, tried to make DJ feel really bad that he lost his watch, that was the cause. DJ was not worried that he would get in trouble, instead he was worried a bird would pick it up and think it was food and choke on it. Kathy said in the text "that its just a bird." Then DJ said "your right it is just a bird." Kathy did not realize that she just made him feel better, that was the effect. Then when they walked up stairs they saw his watch on the side of the window. That was the cause and effect in the chapter Kathy and DJ.
Sincerely,
John Robert Sasso


MAKE SURE YOUR BOOK LOG IS UP-TO-DATE
3-5-18
Dear John Robert,
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

March 7, 2018
Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
I have recently read a book called "The Amazing World of Gumball, Recipe for Disaster." My main character is named Gumball Waterson. Some of his traits are funny, worried, determined and caring. In one scene Gumball tried to convince his brother Darwin that if Darwin won the cook off his competitor Bobert would get mad and get rid of yummy foods forever. I learned that even if you risk upsetting your brother (and Dad), it matters most to keep them safe.
Sincerely,
John Robert Sasso

May 7, 2018
Dear John Robert,
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 wiki!)

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May 10, 2018
Dear Mrs. McGinnity
I think texting and walking should not be allowed. First if you don't pay atention and start walking on a busy street you could get hurt and go to the hospital, or you could die. That would not be good. Second drivers can get frustrated when people text and walk and don't pay attention to the traffic signals. Third they may bump into other people around. Lastly if you text and don't pay attention you can get lost and then you can't find your destination. Over all I think people should not text while walking.
Sincerely,
John Robert Sasso

June 19, 2018
Dear Mrs. McGinnity
I really enjoyed reading these stories. It helped me to become a better writer. Wish you the best teaching 3rd grade next year.
Sincerely,
John Robert Sasso

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