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Mr. Stick--A Writer's Notebook "Margin Mascot"

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I don't expect EVERY page in my students' writer's notebooks to be "Gold Medal Worthy," but every once in a while, I want to see that considerable effort has been put into a piece of writing that started during our daily "Sacred Writing Time." I offer extra credit to several students each week who self-nominate a piece of writing they've gone back to and decorated because they were proud of the writing they'd done. These are some of the winners from the past!

The best handout ever if you're teaching kids to use Mr. Stick to make their writer's notebooks wonderful! Here is the link from my website: http://corbettharrison.com/documents/Mr.Stick/faces.pdf Be sure to read the instructions about which faces you might not include when you run the handout off for your students. Mr Stick resources: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

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Start the new school year off strong, especially with techniques that make your kids love their writer's notebooks. One of my best tricks is to teach them how to draw Mr. Stick in the first week of school, then challenge them to create a page that celebrates this iconic character; 7th grader Del is already off and running with the idea! Later on, Mr. Stick will keep visiting their notebooks pages! Mr. Stick resources are free at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

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Start the new school year off strong, especially with techniques that make your kids love their writer's notebooks. One of my best tricks is to teach them how to draw Mr. Stick in the first week of school, then challenge them to create a page that celebrates this iconic character; 7th grader Jordan is already off and running with the idea! Later on, Mr. Stick will keep visiting their notebooks pages! Mr. Stick resources are free at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

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Use to encourage critical thinking for Writers Notebook activities, original idea from Corbett Harrison at Writing Fix.

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I keep a notebook too, and Mr. Stick is quite the star of my notebook. Here's a teacher model for a new lesson we launched in 2016 about the worst school picture day ever: http://corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/Bedhead.htm

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Boys and superheroes--it's an easy way to get them doing sacred writing, and if you use Mr. Stick, a lot of them will start creating notebook pages they're really proud of. Check out my Mr. Stick resources online: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

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Start your writer's notebook routine strong by allowing reckless creativity, like a Serendipitous Superhero challenge: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/SuperheroABCs.htm This is a sample from 6th grader Ryan.

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7th Grader Tyler definitely earns a "Mr. Stick of the Week" notebook award for the first week back after Spring Break! THANKS for being creative with the way you presented your idea here, Tyler. THANKS for taking the time to make your good idea stand out! That's how you earn an extra credit "Mr. Stick of the Week" award.

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Sacred Writing Time allows my students to be free with their topics for ten simple minutes, and that makes such a difference. I can teach them harder writing skills after they've enjoyed a quick, daily warm-up. Here is Victoria's winning "Mr. Stick of the Week" from the Fall about narwhals! Visit the Mr. Stick Page for more ideas: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

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Sometimes I leave my writer's notebook open to a page (like this one: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612677328306/), and then I'll start noticing impersonations of my pages in my students' notebooks. It's not copying; no, it's being inspired because your teacher has a model to share! This page came from 7th grader Matt!

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