Justin'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
yay
JR
Jack Lesl Shurtliff
9-7-17
10-2-17
Yes!!!
JR
The Call of the Wild Jack London
10-4-17

no
a
Inspector Flytrap
10-24-17
10-25-17
no
E
The Jumbies
10-25-17
11-20-17
yay!!!!!!!!!!!!
JR
Slacker
11-21-17
1-10-18
yes
C
Ghosts of GreenGlass House
1-15-18!!!!
2-26-18
yes yes yes
JR
THE CITY OF EMBER
2-27-18
3-10-18
yup
JR
The lion the witch and the wardrobe
3-11-18
3-20-18
YES!!!!!!!
JR
A Wrinkle in Time
3-21-18
5-8-18
yup
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 Justin,
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 Jack 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. McGinnty,
I love Jack so much! It is great book for me and it is interesting. One reason it is interesting is that they are trapped in a dungeon. Another reason that it is interesting is, their papa has been stolen by the giants and they are looking for him. Read the book to find out if they find their papa or not.
Have a great year,
Justin!


October 23, 2017
Dear Justin,
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 24, 2017
Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
I liked both versions of the story, The Mixed Up Files. One major difference is the conference, in the book Claudia and Jamie received a letter and in the movie the talked to the manager. Also a major similarity is, in both the movie and book Claudia left for injustice. I liked that they changed up the way the museum told them that they have all ready found this evidence so I could get two perspectives of the misconception.

From,
Justin!

November 6, 2017
Dear Justin,
Thank you for your letter. You chose a very interesting way to contrast the book and the movie of The Mixed Up Files! I don't think I've ever had a student contrast the way the museum communicated with Claudia. That is very perceptive of you!
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 8, 2017
Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
I think one important thing to know about Clay is, his big brother Mitch told him to stay out of trouble and Clay thinks he has gone crazy. An important trait about Clay is, he is determined. For example, he stays up waiting for Mitch to come in and tell him about the picture of his principal as a donkey. This is important because he would be able to try his hardest later in the story. I think that Clay would start to break Mitch's trust and start pulling off pranks. I think this because, in chapter eight, Clay is struggling to keep calm and be a good student.
From,
Justin

December 3, 2017
Dear Justin,
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

December 5, 2017
Dear Mrs. McGinnity
I think that Clay learned to balance his life. He started the school year by only having fun. Then in the middle of the story he was just nice. But, at the end he realized that he could have fun while being good. I learned that people can't be labeled, and that some people could change during the years. And I should accept change and it might turn out better.
From,
Justin

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
In the story Ghosts of GreenGlass House by:Kate Milford, Milo is dealing with issues with his teacher spot-lighting him. He made him read Chines characters in front of the whole class and translate it, which he didn't know how. I think that the new guest that moved into the inn (which is the GreenGlass House and his family owns) would cause a lot of trouble at the inn.
Have a happy new year too,
Justin

February 5, 2018
Dear Justin,
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 6, 2018
Dear Mrs. McGinnity
In the book Ghosts of Greenglass House Meddy comes to help Milo. She comes because she senses something is wrong and wants to help solve the mystery. This is important because Milo was starting to panic with the mystery and didn't know what to do, and when Meddy came back he was able to calm down and start to solve the mystery.
Signed,
Justin



MAKE SURE YOUR BOOK LOG IS UP-TO-DATE PLEASE ADD A CLOSING AND YOUR NAME TO THE LETTER ABOVE

3-5-18

Dear Justin,

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

Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
My main character is Lina, 3 traits I would give her are, curious, determined, and smart. One time in the story Lina went to the pipe works with Doon, they were trying to look for a way out of Ember. Lina has taught me that curiosity is a good way to learn what is wrong or right, you just have to embrace it.
Sincerely,
Justin

May 7,2018
Dear Justin,
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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Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
I think that walking and texting shouldn't be banned. One reason is that the walker could use common sense to stop walking on a sidewalk to take the message. Also, Engineers are designing an app to let you know when you are near a crosswalk. This will help to let the person know to look up from their phone and pay attention. Finally, texts can be emergency and you would need to look at it, but if it is against the law, you can't look.
From,
Justin.

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