Natalie'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!
JR
Stella By Starlight Draper
9-8-17


A
Nuts to You Perkins
9-14-17
9/25/17
Yes
JR
Sisters Telgemeier
9-25-17
9/26/17
Definitely!!
E
Lowriders In Space Camper
9-28-17
9/28/17
Kind of...
E
The Series of Unfortunate Events Snicket
10-4-17



The War That Saved My Life Bradley
10-12-17
10-12-17
Not really
A
The Indian In The Cupboard
10-30-17
11-2-17
Kind Of
A
Another Day as Emily Spinelli
11-2-17
11-7-17
Yes!
JR
No Summit Out of Sight Romero
12-6-17



Wish
3/2/18



Cheesie Mack Cotler
4/25/18





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 Natalie,
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 Nuts To You 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. McGinnity,
I liked the book Sisters by Raina Telgemeier because it has a lot of funny things happening in it, like a snake getting trapped in their car for two months,or Raina ends up falling asleep during karaoke night. I also liked this book because it has a lot of details, like the author describes exactly what is happening in each part of the book.
Sincerely,
Natalie.


October 23, 2017
Dear Natalie,
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! One difference in the book, The Mixed Up Files, to the movie that we have watched is that Claudia and Jamie get picked up by their parents at Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler's mansion, instead of Parks driving them home in a limo. Also, in the movie and in the book, Mrs. Frankweiler lets Claudia and Jamie look through her files to see proof of who carved the angel. I liked the book better though, because it is much more detailed. For example, in the movie their parents pick them up at Mrs. Frankweiler's house, but in the book it explains how they rode home in the limo with Parks, and how Jamie was pushing every single button in it.
Yours Truly,
Natalie

November 6, 2017
Dear Natalie,
Hello to you too! Thank you for your letter. I agree with you that the movie left out some of my favorite details from the book. For example, I loved the scene when Claudia takes the long bath in Mrs. Frankweiler's black marble bathroom and Jamie is convinced she is drowning. That would have made a funny scene in the movie.
In class we are reading Pictures of Hollis Woods. What do you think is important to know about Hollis's character? What is an important character trait that you think describes her and WHY? What are your predictions for what will happen next to Hollis 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,
Hi! One important thing I have noticed about my character, Hollis Woods, is that she doesn't seem that much of a troublemaker. Even though she ran away from the Regans, she's very kind to people, and doesn't have that much of an attitude. One character trait I think is most suited for her is determined. She is determined to find the perfect foster home, since she has ran away from various people. A prediction I have is that she won't run away from Josie at all, and that she has found the perfect foster mom.
Sincerely,
Natalie


December 3, 2017
Dear Natalie,
Thank you for your last letter about Pictures of Hollis Woods. Now that you have reached the end of the book I'd like you to think about Hollis' character at the beginning of the story and at the end. What important life-lesson do you think Hollis learned from her 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 Another Day as Emily by now. Please enter a new book in your log.


December 7, 2017
Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
I think the most important thing Hollis learned was to think before you do something, because she ran away from the Regans and stayed at a different home, with Josie. The one thing I learned was that you shouldn't give up on someone, or break your trust with someone, which is kind of what Hollis did when she was making the final decision to run away.
Thank you!
Sincerely,
Natalie


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?

1/17/18
Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
Hi there! My story that I am reading is No Summit Out of Sight by Jordan Romero, and what is happening in the story is this little kid named Jordan who wants to climb all the Seven Summits at just 10 years old. But the problem is that climbing every single summit is hard when you are just a kid, with the high altitudes and avalanches. Also, everyone thinks that Jordan is too young to climb the Seven Summits, but anything is possible.
Sincerely,
Natalie

February 5, 2018
Dear Natalie,
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 5th, 2018
Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
In my book, No Summit Out of Sight by Jordan Romero, there are a lot of cause and effect parts in it. For example, when Jordan was in fourth grade, he sees a map in his school that had every single summit on it, which inspired him to set a goal to climb all the mountains at the age of just 10 years old. He started his research and told his dad that he wanted to hike the mountains. Once his dad accepted for him to climb the seven summits, he started climbing the mountains and that was when he became the youngest person ever to hike up every single summit.
Sincerely,
Natalie.


MAKE SURE YOUR BOOK LOG IS UP-TO-DATE
3-5-18
Dear Natalie,
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 7th, 2018
Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
In the book Wish by Barbara O' Connor, the main character is Charlie Reese, and she is a very kind, smart, yet a tiny bit dramatic. Then, on the bus she was talking to Howard, a kid from her class and church. One piece of advice I would want to give to Charlie is that when she was talking to Howard, she was annoyed because he kept going on and on about himself, so my advice is that make a good first impression, and don't assume that he will do this a lot.
Love,
Natalie.

May 7,2018
Dear Natalie,
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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May 7th, 2018
Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
Hi! I think that texting and walking should be illegal, because it would prevent less deaths/injuries, it would reduce the amount of people getting lost, and studies show that our brains can't focus on being on a phone and doing something else at the same time. So, that is why I think texting and walking should be illegal.
Your Student,
Natalie M.