Creative Students' Writers Notebook Pages

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!
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Just found another great example (by Emily) of an alpha-list hidden in one of my students' notebooks; these lists can be revisited when students need to choose their next topic for SWT or writer's workshop.  Here's the lesson that inspired this sample: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/alpha-genres.htm

Just found another great example (by Emily) of an alpha-list hidden in one of my…

Sponsor a writer's notebook metaphor contest in your classroom. If you're using writer's notebooks well, you'll end up with some beautiful metaphors to save and share year after year!

Always Write: I Keep a Writer's Notebook alongside my Students.

Two truths and two lies!  After we study collective nouns, I challenge my students to create a page that accurately shares two true collective nouns and two fake collective nouns invented by the student.  Can you figure out 7th grader Ryan's truths and the lies here? Here is the lesson at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/Cache-of-Jewels.htm

Always Write: Inventing Collective Nouns.a writer's notebook extra credit challenge.

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

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

Sponsor a writer's notebook metaphor contest in your classroom.  If you're using writer's notebooks well, you'll end up with some beautiful metaphors to save and share year after year!

Sponsor a writer's notebook metaphor contest in your classroom. If you're using writer's notebooks well, you'll end up with some beautiful metaphors to save and share year after year!

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 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

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

6th grader--Wonje--went out of her way to be creative and thorough when writing his five required Important Book-inspired passages for her notebook.  Here is a link to the lesson that inspired this student sample: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/important-passages.htm

Always Write: An Original Writer's Notebook Lesson based on the Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown

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

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?

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

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

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