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Literature-inspired Notebook Celebrations

I'm trying something new this school year (2013-2014). When we finish a play or novel or short story, I am going to require my students to add a creative summary of that play or novel that we have finished. Here are some of my first examples.

One of my favorite poems to inspire writing is E.A. Robinson's "Reuben Bright." Ask the kids who the unnamed "they" and "them" are and see how many interpretations they can come up with. I challenged my 7th graders to create a Writer's Notebook Movie Poster inspired by their interpretation of the story, and this student decided it was murder story. Here is my lesson on this poem: corbettharrison.c...

7th grader Irene's "Reuben Bright"-inspired movie poster. I have created a new Pinterest Board about different ways I use this poem to inspire my students to create interesting stories based on the stories from poetry: www.pinterest.com...

7th grader Nate--normally so Disney-inspired--went "a little dark" when interpreting the poem "Reuben Bright" in order to make this writer's notebook-inspired movie poster. Check out my Pinterest board that I am making about how I use this poem in class: www.pinterest.com...

Meredith went all out on her "Reuben Bright" movie poster, which she made on her own, then taped into her notebook. Here is my online lesson about the poem "Reuben Bright" -- corbettharrison.c...

One of my favorite poems to inspire writing is E.A. Robinson's "Reuben Bright." Ask the kids who the unnamed "they" and "them" are and see how many interpretations they can come up with. I challenged my 7th graders to create a Writer's Notebook Movie Poster inspired by their interpretation of the story, and Ben decided it was a Sci-Fi story. Here is my lesson on this poem: corbettharrison.c...

If you're interested in trying my "word art" assignment that I did using "Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," here is the teacher-model I showed them before they began, which cites "Of Mice and Men." Here is a link to one of my kids' Owl Creek Bridge tributes: www.pinterest.com...

I forgot to mention that I hosted an "Oedipus Pumpkin" Jack-o-lantern contest this year. This was my winning pumpkin from 8th grader Ryan. Click here to see it in the light: www.pinterest.com...

Josh's tribute to "Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," which we read as part of our interdisciplinary Civil War unit. They were required to decorate their page with what they thought were the six best descriptions from the story, based on details and use of interesting vocabulary.

Jacie's tribute to "Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," which we read as part of our interdisciplinary Civil War unit. They were required to decorate their page with what they thought were the six best descriptions from the story, based on details and use of interesting vocabulary.

Emily's tribute to "Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," which we read as part of our interdisciplinary Civil War unit. They were required to decorate their page with what they thought were the six best descriptions from the story, based on details and use of interesting vocabulary.

Irene's tribute to "Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," which we read as part of our interdisciplinary Civil War unit. They were required to decorate their page with what they thought were the six best descriptions from the story, based on details and use of interesting vocabulary.

Ryan's tribute to "Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," which we read as part of our interdisciplinary Civil War unit. They were required to decorate their page with what they thought were the six best descriptions from the story, based on details and use of interesting vocabulary.

My students do a quick study of "Oedipus Rex" because I believe there are great allusions to it in Richard Peck's "The River Between Us." Here is one of my student's summary pages of the play.

My students do a quick study of "Oedipus Rex" because I believe there are great allusions to it in Richard Peck's "The River Between Us." Here is one of my student's summary pages of the play.

My students do a quick study of "Oedipus Rex" because I believe there are great allusions to it in Richard Peck's "The River Between Us." Here is one of my student's summary pages of the play.

  • Tyne Grefe

    What are your guidelines for having them do one of these? I love this idea!

My students do a quick study of "Oedipus Rex" because I believe there are great allusions to it in Richard Peck's "The River Between Us." Here is one of my student's summary pages of the play.

My students do a quick study of "Oedipus Rex" because I believe there are great allusions to it in Richard Peck's "The River Between Us." Here is one of my student's summary pages of the play.