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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.

We wrote "Important Book"-inspired passages based on the two Steinbeck novellas we were reading in seventh grade. You can do this in your writer's notebook with any characters you're studying from any book. Here's my online lesson: corbettharrison.c... This notebook is from Cheyenne, 7th grade.

We wrote "Important Book"-inspired passages based on the two Steinbeck novellas we were reading in seventh grade. You can do this in your writer's notebook with any characters you're studying from any book. Here's my online lesson: corbettharrison.c... This notebook is from Mason, 7th grade.

We wrote "Important Book"-inspired passages based on the two Steinbeck novellas we were reading in seventh grade. You can do this in your writer's notebook with any characters you're studying from any book. Here's my online lesson: corbettharrison.c... This notebook is from Mason, 7th grade.

We wrote "Important Book"-inspired passages based on the two Steinbeck novellas we were reading in seventh grade. You can do this in your writer's notebook with any characters you're studying from any book. Here's my online lesson: corbettharrison.c... This notebook is from Yajaira, 7th grade.

We wrote "Important Book"-inspired passages based on the two Steinbeck novellas we were reading in seventh grade. You can do this in your writer's notebook with any characters you're studying from any book. Here's my online lesson: corbettharrison.c... This notebook is from Emily, 7th grade, who hated the fact that the baby in ""The Pearl" died.

We wrote "Important Book"-inspired passages based on the two Steinbeck novellas we were reading in seventh grade. You can do this in your writer's notebook with any characters you're studying from any book. Here's my online lesson: corbettharrison.c... This notebook is from Emily, 7th grade.

We always start with a short mythology unit. My seventh graders study Hercules, and we divvy up the labors in his story, each student documenting a different one in his/her notebook. On notebook "show and tell" day, the students review the twelve labors by moving from seat to seat and reading each other's summaries of his twelve labors. Here is 7th grader Hannah's page.

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...