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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.
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7th grader Lisette uses "The Important Book" to explore character and theme analysis in Steinbeck's books. Check out my lesson that inspired this writer's notebook page: http://corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/Important-Book.htm#1

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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: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612667959010/

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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: http://corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/Reuben-Bright.htm

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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