Mike'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
yes
E
The Forbidden Stone
9-20-17
10-4-17
yes
Jr
Roller Girl
10-15-17
10-18-17
yes
e
Fish In a Tree
10-16-17
12-6-17

JR
Left Out
12-6-17
12-13-17
Yes
Jr
Wonder
12-28-17
1-6-18
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!
jr
Tuck Ever Lasting
1-8-18
2-7-18
yes
e
Space Case
3-5-18
3-12-18
yes
jr
The Way Of The Warrior Kid
3-13-18





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 Mike,
This week's wiki assignment is to write a letter back to me about the book you are reading at home. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ENTER THE BOOK ON YOUR 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
Mrs. McGinnity.


September 27,2017
Dear Mrs. McGinnity.
I am reading a book titled, "The Forbidden Stone" by Tony Abbott. It is a story about a boy named Wade, who is trying to solve the mystery of why there are so many tragedies around the world. Wade becomes curious about this when he receives an email from his Uncle Henry predicting the tragedies even before they happened. To add to the mystery when Wade calls his uncle Henry to speak to him about the strange email he finds out his uncle is dead. Then the tragedies begin to happen. This makes Wade and his father, his brother Darrell, his cousin Lilly and her friend Becka begin to investigate what is happening. The story is very exciting and has made me very curious to find out what is causing the tragedies, especially what his Uncle Henry meant when he said Wade would be last. I also liked that it was suspenseful.

Your Friend,
Mike Boutiette


October 23, 2017
Dear Mike,
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

10-23-17
Dear Mrs,McGinnity
Hello! One reason they are the same is that they stayed in the museum. A reason they are different is that in the book they wrote a letter to the museum and in the movie they had a meeting with the museum director. Another way the book is different is in they took train into New York and in the movie they took the bus to the museum. In my opinion the book better than the movie. In the book Jamie is way more funny. An example is that when Jamie tries the candy bar he finds on the street he scars Claudia by making her think that he is a drug addict and she panics. Another reason is that in the movie they were not how I imagined they would be. An example of that is when you were reading the book I thought Claudia would have brown hair not red and I did not think she would have glasses.
Your Friend,
Mike

November 6, 2017
Dear Mike,
Thank you for your recent letter. I agree with you about the way the characters looked in the book vs. the movie. I always visualized Claudia with blonde hair (maybe because I have blonder hair!) and I thought Mrs. Frankweiler would be much older than the movie actress who played her!
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 Clay acted badly because he wanted to be like his brother who did bad things and went to jail. But I think Clay really wanted to be a good person but needed his brother Mitch to tell him to smarten up and to not be like him. Clay is a troublemaker. In art class he drew a picture of the principal with a donkey head. He did this to try impress his brother who he thought would think it was cool. I think what will happen next to Clay is that he is going to try to be a good person and do good things. But, I do not think it will last long and I think he will get in trouble again.
Your friend,
Mike


December 3, 2017

Dear Mike,

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
p.s. you should be done with Fish in A Tree by now.

December 6, 2017
Hi Mrs. McGinnity ! I think the Important life lesson Clay learned was to control his actions and to be respectful to everyone. It shows in the book when he his in the class room with the new sub. He controls himself and does not mess with her. Clay is respectful when he is at Mr.K's house. He is respectful because even when he blamed him for egging his house he was still very respectful and talks to him. From reading the book I learned that it is hard to change from a goofball to a respectful kid, so it is good if you stay a good kid and not fool around.
from,
Mike Boutiette

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 17, 2018
Hi Mrs. McGinnity,
The two questions I am picking is 5 what is the problem and 1 what is happening in the story. The main problem in the book Wonder is that Auggie or August faces the problem that he has some trouble making friends due to his face being deformed and gets laughed at a little along the way. What is happening is that August is starting to grow up and finally goes to school for the first time and he struggles to make friends and by the end of the book he has plenty of people to sit with at lunch and has friends to hang out with after school. His peers are starting to accept that he may be different on the outside but on the inside is a sweet little boy that is no different than any other boy or girl.

from Mike Boutiette

February 5, 2018
Dear Mike,
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, 2018
Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
In the book Tuck Everlasting, one cause and effect example is when Winnie runs away. The cause is her running away, and the effect of it, is she gets kidnapped by the Tucks and finds out their secret. If she had not run away, she never would have met the Tucks and therefore never would have been kidnapped, and ultimately fell in love with Jessie Tuck. So, the action of running away had to happen or the story line would have been completely different. Upon learning their secret, Winnie needs to make the decision if she will also drink the magic water that would allow her to stay young and this would allow her to be with Jessie forever. This inner turmoil that Winnie goes through, all started with her running away and meeting the Tucks and a spiral of events take place.
From, Mike


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

3-7-18
Dear Mrs. McGinniny,
The book I am reading is Space Case. The main character in the story so far is Dash. A few traits that Dash has are determination and curiosity. An example of when Dash interacted with another character was when he first found out that Dr. Holtz was dead and he went to see for himself. He ran into Nina and she told him he had to go back to his house. If I were going to give Dash advice I would tell him that he should leave the mystery of the murder to the professionals because if he gets nosy than he will get himself in trouble.
Your student,
Mike

May 7,2018
Dear Mike,
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!)

texting.jpg
texting.jpg



5-9-18
Dear Mrs.McGinnnity,
I think texting and walking should be banded. One reason is less chance of getting hit by a car. If you are walking down the street and you are paying attention to the rode than you have a good shot of getting across safely but if you are on your phone than you could walk in to a car. Another reason is that if you walk into a car not only you could get hurt the person in the car could get hurt to, and the people around the car that you ran into. One more reason is that it reduces the chances of doing something dangerous. "Studies show that your brain cannot focus on both phones and what's happening around us. If you are walking down the street you could walk right into a freeway not even knowing it. One last reason is that people can get lost. If you are on your phone texting your friends you could find your way into the woods and not find your way home until dark. As you can see texting and walking should be banded.
Your friend,
Mike Boutiette