Santino'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
Simon Bloom The Gravity Keeper Reisman
9-1-17
9-20-17
Kind of
A
FOUND Haddix
9-20-17
9-25-17
YES
JR

SENT Haddix

9-26-17
10-28-17
YES, YES, YES
JR
The Red Pyramid Riordan
9-25-17

YEAH
JR
SABOTAGED Haddix
10-29-17
11-11-17
Yes
JR
TORN Haddix
11-4-17
12-29-17
YES, YES, YES
JR
CAUGHT Haddix
12-29-17
2-8-18
YES, YES, YES
JR
RISKED Haddix

REVEALED Haddix

AMONG THE HIDDEN Haddix
2-8-18

3-20-18

4-20-18
3-20-18
YES, YES. YES
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 Santino,
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 Found. 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 am reading the book FOUND by Margaret Peterson Haddix. I really like this book! One reason on why I like Found is that they have mysteries that they try to solve, and I like mystery books really much. My second reason on why I like it is because it has some suspense each chapter and I love books with suspense in it.
Sincerely,
Santino Cresta


October 23, 2017
Dear Santino,
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 23, 2017
Dear Mrs. McGinnity
Today I am writing about one difference and one thing that is the same about the book and movie of The Mixed Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler. In the book, Claudia and Jamie take a bus and a train to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but in the movie, they take a bus to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. One thing that is the same about the Mixed Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler is that in the book, they go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in the movie, they also go to the Metropolitan Museum of art. My favorite one (the book or the movie) was the book because in the movie, it left some of the stuff from the book out and in the book it had those important parts in it.
Sincerely,
Santino

November 6, 2017
Dear Santino,
Thank you so much for your letter about The Mixed Up Files book vs. movie. I agree with you that I wished the movie included some of my favorite scenes from the book. I liked when Claudia and Jamie go to the laundromat and all their clothes turn gray. I also liked when they almost ran in to Jamie's class on the field trip!

In class we are reading Eleven. What do you think is important to know about Sam'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 Sam 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 7, 2017
Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
Today I am reporting to you something I think is important to know about Sam's character, and an important character trait that I think describes him. Something important I noticed about Sam that describes him is that whenever he has a goal in sight, he never stops to reach his potential. An example on that describes my claim is that when he found out that he was missing, he hasn't gave up on if it's true or not since the beginning of the book . A character trait I think describes him well is adventurous. An example on why I think he is adventurous is because he was willing to find out that he was adopted, even behind his "grandfather's" back. A prediction I have is that Caroline is going to help him with two things. One: she is going to help him read, two: she is going to help him solve the case on if he was missing.
Sincerely,
Santino Cresta

December 3, 2017
Dear Santino,
Thank you for your last letter about Eleven. Now that you have reached the end of the book I'd like you to think about Sam's character at the beginning of the story and at the end. What important life-lesson do you think Sam 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. Make sure you have an at-home reading book listed this week. I added more lines to your chart.



December 5, 2017
Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
An important life lesson I think Sam has learned is that you aren't always good at everything. I learned that friends help you a lot if you tell your friends anything. For example, in the story, Sam tells Caroline that he is "missing", and then Caroline started to help Sam in his problem.
From,
Santino Cresta


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
Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
The part I'm on right now, is Mileva Einstein knows that Jonah, Katherine and Emily are time travelers.
The thing that is happening to the characters is the characters are in a time hollow, and they are trying to fix time because it started to freeze.
No, the character is not changing.
The thing I think will happen in the story is JB will unfreeze from time and help Jonah, Katherine, and Emily.
The problem is that Jonah, Katherine and Emily are stuck in a time hollow.
Yours truly,
Santino Cresta

February 5, 2018
Dear Santino,
PLEASE FIX YOUR LETTER ABOVE. EACH SENTENCE SHOULD BEGIN RIGHT AFTER THE ONE BEFORE IT WHEN WRITING A LETTER. ALSO ANSWER IN COMPLETE SENTENCES. THANKS!

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,
I am reading CAUGHT, and this is a book with a lot of cause and effects. The most important cause and effect was at the beginning. In the beginning, time froze up when Jonah was in the middle of a class. The effect of this was then Jonah and Katherine had to go back to 1903 because time was messed up there.
From,
Santino Cresta


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

3-5-18
Dear Mrs. McGinnity
The main character in the book I am reading is a boy named Jonah Skidmore (even though his original identity is related to Charles Lindbergh). Jonah is brave, he's funny, and he's persistent. A time where Jonah interacted with another character in the story was when he was walking with his mom on the sidewalk, and a kid version of JB (a friend of Jonah's) tranquizlied his mom, and they kind of get into a fight. I learned that if you argue more and more, you'll never accomplish what you need to do.
From,
Santino

May 7,2018
Dear Santino,
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!)


May 10, 2018
Dear Mrs. McGinnity,
Texting and walking should be banned. My first reason on why it should be banned is because 11,000 injuries are caused by this between 2000 and 2011. My next reason is a car could be driving by and not paying attention, and you could be on your phone not paying attention and then you could walk onto the walkway and then a car could hit you. Finally, you could not be paying attention to where you are walking. You could walk into a place that you are not familiar with and then you could get lost. Those were my reasons why texting while walking should be banned.
From,
Santino