I'm going to start keeping images of unique things my students do during their ten minutes of "Sacred Writing Time" every day in my class. If you show kids other creative kids' work, I find the level of classroom creativity rises!
This is such a fun notebook assignment I do with my 8th graders to review VOICE in writing. This sample is Shelby's. Inspired by a real, recurring feature in "Reader's Digest," my students create and decorate imaginary advice columns in their notebooks. Here's a link to this lesson: http://corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/NormalOrNuts.htm
6th grader Alisa went "decoration happy" with this rough draft of a rather dark story she's been working on! I love that they want their notebooks to be visual like this. It fascinates me when they decorate a rough draft (complete with its spelling errors) with such elaborate detail. My joke with Alisa: "If you put as much effort into checking your spelling as you do with creating those amazing title letters, you'd have a perfect piece of writing!"
6th grader Meredith took me up on my extra credit challenge of writing imaginary letters of complaint to artistic neighbors she might live next to. Here are her letters to Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. Here is the online write-up for this notebook lesson: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/Pigasso-Mootisse.htm
Crissey imagined artist Lisa Cameron Russell as her neighbor, and wrote her a letter about the style in which she painted her home. Here's the lesson that inspired this page: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/Pigasso-Mootisse.htm
8th grader Alejandra is a definite artist! She captured her memories of 8th grade and some of her 8th grade friends with this beautiful two-page spread in her writer's notebook. I would sell all of my fingers to be able to draw like Alejandra...oh, wait...that wouldn't work out well, would it?
Hannah imagined composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov was her neighbor and had decorated his house in the style of his music. She wrote a letter to him, complaining about the eyesore. Here is the lesson that inspired this sample: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/Pigasso-Mootisse.htm