Lexi'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:

If you are still reading a book from term 2 finish it as soon as possible and add a NEW TERM 3 book:

BOOK TITLE (use capitals)
AUTHOR'S LAST
NAME (use capital)
START
DATE
FINISH
DATE
Easy (E), Just Right (JR),
Challenging (C), Abandoned (A)
The Familiars Book 1
Adam Jay and Andrew Jacobson
11/19/16

JR
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Scott O'Dell
12/15/16

JR
I Survived the Attacks of September 11th
Lauren Tarshis
1/3/17
1/22/17
E
The Water Castle

1/23/17
2/5/17
A
I Survived the Great Chicago Fire
Lauren Tarshis
2/6/17
2/11/17
E
ElDeafo
Cece Bell
3/25/17
3/28/17
E





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


March 28, 2017
Dear Mrs, McGinnity,
In the book ElDeafo By Cece Bell, the story is told in a first person point of view and is from Cece's perspective. Proof of this is on page 46 the author wrote, " With the Phonic Ear, I have super hearing. Without it , I can't hear. Am I deaf?" This shows what the character is thinking. The same character narrates the entire book. This means that the story is not told in 3rd person limited, 3rd person objective or 3rd person omniscient, the book is told in 1st person. If the story was told in Cece's mom's perspective the story would be told differently. For example in the story it says, " I was pulled away from my parents...and taken to a room. Somebody sticks a needle in my back." At that point in the story the moms perspective may have been her worrying and maybe even crying for example she could've said, " What are they doing to her (sob) I hope she is alright, what is going to happen to her she is only four!" while Cece was in the room if the story was told from her moms point of view. These are some reasons and examples why I think the story was told in first person perspective, and how the book would change if it was from her mom's point of view.

Sincerely,
Lexi Nusinov


January 3, 2017
Dear Lexi,
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 of Island of the Blue Dolphins 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.
I look forward to reading your letter!
Love,
Mrs. McGinnity

Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
The author's message in the book Island of the Blue Dolphins is that even if there seems there is no hope left, always believe and keep trying and eventually the thing you are hoping for will happen. In the book Island of the Blue Dolphins the main character Karana got left on an island and was stuck there for years, but she didn't just sit there and hope for her people to come back, she built a shelter and made weapons and outfits and eventually was found by a ship and was saved. That is the author's message in the book Island of the Blue Dolphins.
Love,
Lexi












BOOK LOG FOR TERM 1:
BOOK TITLE (use capitals)
AUTHOR'S LAST NAME (use capital)
START DATE
FINISH DATE
Easy (E), Just Right (JR), Challenging (C), Abandoned (A)
The Mixed Up Files
Konigsburg
9/6/16
9/23/16
JR
Quinny And Hopper
Schanen
9/8/16
10/5/16
E
Hatchet
Gary Paulson
10/6/16

JR
Out of my mind
Sharon Draper
10/28/16

JR
















I am excited to discuss your reading with you.
Love, Mrs. McGinnity


9/26/16
Dear Lexi,
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 liked the book The Mixed Up Files of Mrs.Basil E. Frankweiler because it was a mystery and at the same time had lots of action. The book was kind of funny because Claudia and Jamie are total opposites , ones funny and rude and the other ones smart and clever. The book was pretty long but it went by fast because the book was very interesting.
Sincerely,
Lexi Nusinov

10/11/16
Dear Lexi,
Thank you so much for your letter about The Mixed Up Files. Make sure you add a new at-home reading book to your log because 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

10/11/16
Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
In the book Quinny and Hopper a sentence that the author used that really helped me imagine the setting or moment a character is experiencing is when Quinny climbed in the moving truck and this is how the author described it, "Inside it's got a steering wheel as big as a hula hoop and tons of rocket-ship control panels and a bouncy drivers sit that's like a trampoline for my bottom." I can make a picture in my mind of Quinny climbing into the moving truck and looking at all the buttons and bouncing on the seat, so I think the author did a great job adding details. That is why I really enjoyed the book Quinny and Hopper.

Sincerely, Lexi Nusinov

11/14/16
Dear Lexi,
This week for your letter I would like you to think about Hollis in Pictures of Hollis Woods. What is your opinion of her? Why? What character traits would you use to describe her. Please put these ideas in a letter to me that is AT LEAST 4 sentences long and has been proofread for capitals, spelling and punctuation.
Looking forward to reading your letter,
Love, Mrs. McGinnity


11/14/16
Dear Mrs.McGinnity,
I think Hollis Woods from the book Pictures of Hollis Woods is stubborn, artistic, and kind. The reason I feel Hollis can be stubborn sometimes is because she has been to so many foster homes and finally when they take her to Josie Cahill's house she feels happy and wants to stay, but now they want her to meet a new family and take her away from Josie. After being through so much drawing seemed to have always calmed her because she seems to draw everything she enjoys looking at and now that she drew so much she has become a great artist. Even though sometimes Hollis seems to be rude, it seems like she wouldn't be rude if people respected her and knows what she's been through, but outside of foster homes and rude people I feel like she is a very kind girl who just wants someone to like and respect her. That is my opinion on Hollis Woods.

Sincerely Lexi Nusinov

12/5/16
Dear Lexi,
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, Pictures of Hollis Woods. 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



Dear Miss Gallant,
I really liked the book Pictures of Hollis Woods, because Hollis is a kind and responsible overall and she ran away from a family she loves to help them work things out. I find this kind yet not helpful at the same time because after Steven gets in a bad accident they are already going through a tough time and Hollis just decides to leave them thinking it will help the family. After Hollis finds Josie I feel they had a really close friendship, which is why they ran away together but when Josie becomes home sick and misses Beatrice along with Steven showing up at the house it seems Hollis is happy to move back with her old family but doesn't want to leave Josie and in the end all is well when she and Steven call Beatrice, and Beatrice decides to move in with Josie, so Hollis can move in with the Reagans and once in a while visit Josie. I feel the author some how made you feel what Hollis felt during this difficult time and how hard it is to leave the people you love. I think the book Pictures of Hollis Woods was a great and heart warming book.
Sincerely, Lexi Nusinov