Lauren's Wiki Page Welcome!
This will be your personal wiki page. We will keep track of what you're reading at home, discuss what we're reading in school and write to each other about reading. It will be important to proofread your work BEFORE you post it. Mistakes do happen but I will help you correct them. You do not have to do anything to this page until we look at it together in school. After that, we will have an activity on the page about every other week, except for your book log. You will update that every time you start and finish a new book.

BOOK LOG FOR TERM 2 and 3:
TITLE (Use capitals)
Author's Last Name (use capital)
Start Date
Finish Date
Easy (E) JR (just right) C (challenging) A (abandoned)
Crenshaw
Applegate
12-7-16
12-16-16
JR
Foxcraft
Isreal
1-4-17
1-19-17
JR
Unleashed
Korman
1-3-17
1-7-17
E/JR
Foxcraft book 2
Isreal
1-30-17
2-17-17
JR
No Ordinary Day
Trueblood's Plight
Stratford Zoo Midnight
Small as an Elephant
Ellis
Lark
Lender
Jacobson
2-27-17
2-31-7
3-8-17
3-18-17
2-29-17
4-16--17
3-8-17
3-24-17
E
JR
E
JR



















Well its been a while since we've had a wiki week. Be sure your book log (above) is up to date. You will want to be reading a good fit book when we assign the next book talk.
For your wiki letter, write to me about your current book. Explain the point of view (1st person, 3rd person limited, 3rd person objective or 3rd person omniscient) and the perspective (who's story is being told.) You should also include a page and evidence from the story to support your point of view explanation. How would the story be different if another character told the story?
Write your letter directly below this one. Include DATE GREETING Indented BODY CLOSING and YOUR NAME. Proofread for spelling and punctuation.
Due Friday!
Love Mrs. McGinnity


3-28-17
Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
My book, Trueblood's Plight, is in third person limited. In the book, different people are the main characters in different chapters. The most important character is Ava, a giphen (which apparently is a smaller version of a gryphon). I knew that the book was first person limited because you could hear what Ava was thinking. For example on page 143 "I thought the herbs were supposed to help!" Ava thinks shortly on this page. And, "What had gone wrong?" on page 80.This shows the character's thoughts and proves that the book, Trueblood's Plight is in third person limited. If it was told by the character 'Kiara' it would show more of her thoughts. It would show more loyalty to Ava in what she says and does.This shows that the book, Trueblood's Plight would be different if told from a different characters perspective.
Love,
Lauren


January 3, 2017
Dear Lauren,
I hope you had a wonderful vacation! This week I'd like you to think about your book talk book. By now you are done with the book and your focus sheet is completed. One part of your focus sheet is called AUTHOR'S MESSAGE. This message, sometimes called THEME is a message from the author to the reader, something the author wanted you to think about while enjoying the story. Some common themes in stories are about working as a team to solve problems or that family will always stick together. We will be writing our author's message paragraphs in school. What do you believe the author wanted you to think about? What happened to your main character/s to make you think of this theme?
Write your letter directly below this one and PROOFREAD IT carefully before you post it. Also, make sure now that your book talk book is complete you have a new book to add to your book log. You will need to add your book talk book to the log too now that I have fixed it for you.
I look forward to reading your letter!
Love,
Mrs. McGinnity

12-3-17
Dear Mrs.McGinnity,
I LOVED the descriptive words that the author used in this book. The theme, or author's message was that friends matter whether they are real or fake. Jack is a boy that focuses on the facts. He doesn't think about how others are much less fortunate than him, he just thinks about how he has to leave his house and live in his car.
Luckily, when hard times come he has Crenshaw. Crenshaw is his imaginary friend and also a cat! With the help of Crenshaw, Jack realizes that he needs to focus on how lucky he was for a car and even to have a family. Jack learns to focus on the bright side and to value Crenshaw just as much as a real friend.
Love,
Lauren (:



9/26/16
Dear Lauren,
How are you? I hope you are ready to write your first wiki letter to me. Below this letter you will type your own letter which will tell me your opinion of The Mixed Up Files. Hit the edit button. DO NOT ADD A DISCUSSION. You will include two examples from the story to support your opinion. Maybe you loved Claudia or Jamie or something that they did. Maybe you have your own experience which the story reminded you about. Make sure you have two examples. Your letter will be AT LEAST 3 sentences long. You will also include the 5 parts of the friendly letter: the date, the greeting, the body, the closing and your name! (Just like this letter has and set up the exact same way).Proofread before you post. Check for spelling, capitals and punctuation. Oh, and don't forget to update your book log. I am looking forward to reading your letter.
Love your teacher,
Mrs. McGinnity

9/27/16
Dear Mrs.McGinnity,
I think that I would rate this book 5/5 because the author was smart with the decisions that she made the characters make. The author is very descriptive and makes it seem like you are there with the characters. I also love how the character usually have lots of different opinions and ideas, That makes the book a lot more interesting. I love the wording and words that the author used and really like the characters. (especially Jamie).
Sincerely,
Lauren Cook

10/11/16
Dear Lauren,
Thank you so much for your letter about The Mixed Up Files. This week I would like you to find a sentence or two from your at-home reading book that really helps you visualize the setting of the story (when and when the story takes place.) Put the sentences in quotation marks because you are copying the author's exact words. Then be sure to tell me why this is such a good example of visualization. For example, I might write: I could really visualize this part in The Mixed Up Files, "Their basket was always so full since there were two of them using it. She managed to shift a shallow layer of Kleenex, which her mother had used for blotting lipstick, and thus exposed the corner of a red ticket." I could see Claudia collecting trash from her parents room and pictured the bright red train ticket next to the crumpled-up white tissues covered in pink lipstick. Make sure you included the 5 parts of the friendly letter and put your example in quotation marks. "Ok?" Post your letter below this one by Friday.
Love, Mrs. McGinnity

10-12-16
Dear Mrs.McGinnity, I am reading a great book and had a very hard time picking a good spot that helped me visualize, but here is the spot that is very descriptive that I found: "Shard crouched against the inner wall of the crystal dragon, digging at an edge where the diamond-hard scales met the ground. He'd already worn two talons dull against the hard earth and volcanic rock." I thought this spot had just enough description and was a good spot to pick. I feel that even if I didn't know the book I would still be able to see the crystal walls and hard rocky floor of the volcano. I was amazed that I only had to look at the first two sentences in the whole book to find my spot. I think that Jesse E Owen does a great job of helping me visualize this book. Sincerely,
Lauren Cook

11/14/16 Dear Lauren, This week for your letter I would like you to think about Clay in Troublemaker. What is your opinion of him? Why? What character traits would you use to describe him? Please put these ideas in a letter to me that is AT LEAST 3 sentences long and has been proofread for capitals, spelling and punctuation. Looking forward to reading your letter.
Love, Mrs. McGinnity

11/15/16
Dear Mrs. McGinnity, I really like Clay in Troublemaker. I kind of wish that he hadn't changed to a good kid though, but in a book called Troublemaker I don't think it will stay that way... hopefully not... I want to hear about more pranks he has previously done, I think Clay is loyal and especially to his brother. Though the best way to describe him is a troublemaker.
Sincerely,
Lauren Cook

12/5/16
Dear Lauren,
How are you? It is so exciting that we have finally finished up our first guided reading book! Next, we will work on summarizing the book using our details from our importance chart. For this weeks letter, I would like you to tell me your overall opinion of your guided reading book, Troublemaker. Please choose at least one specific part of the book that helped you form your opinion. Why did this part of the book help you form your opinion? Include at least two important details from this part. Make sure to proofread for capitals, spelling, and punctuation before you post.
Love, Miss Gallant

12/7/16
Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
I like this book and am glad that it was my guided reading book but I think it could have used a lot more action. I loved hearing Clay's flashbacks about smashing pumpkins and jumping across a river but wish there was more of that action in the story overall. I usually read books at home when the main character which I think is a lot more interesting. I would recommend books like that for future guided reading books.
P.S. can you please fix my book log?
Love, Lauren Cook