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My man, Lucas, one of my energetic new 6th graders, decided to take home and decorate this list of four things he might choose to become someday, and I decided it was worth a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award.  Keep on writing, Lucas!  Mr Stick resources: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

My man, Lucas, one of my energetic new 6th graders, decided to take home and decorate this list of four things he might choose to become someday, and I decided it was worth a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award. Keep on writing, Lucas! Mr Stick resources: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

My 7th period class (which is a group of my 7th graders) has a morbid sense of story.  We just finished a unit on writing descriptive vignettes, and a lot of them practiced gory storytelling skills in their writer's notebook.  Here, 7th grader Sarah created a horrific tale about my student aide during seventh period--Elias--not using my paper-cutter carefully.  Don't worry--the story never happened--pure fiction. Elias will think this story is quite funny when I send him a link through…

My 7th period class (which is a group of my 7th graders) has a morbid sense of story. We just finished a unit on writing descriptive vignettes, and a lot of them practiced gory storytelling skills in their writer's notebook. Here, 7th grader Sarah created a horrific tale about my student aide during seventh period--Elias--not using my paper-cutter carefully. Don't worry--the story never happened--pure fiction. Elias will think this story is quite funny when I send him a link through…

AND THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER IS...8th grader Jacie must have spent hours polishing this entry for our annual "Mr Stick of the Year" writer's notebook contest.  Jacie is reflecting on her school year here, and she is paying tribute to me and the other four teachers on our team who have loved having her as our student. I will make sure her other teachers end up with a color copy of this beautiful page from a beautiful writer and a beautiful thinker.  Thanks, Jacie.  We will miss you too.  :-)

AND THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER IS...8th grader Jacie must have spent hours polishing this entry for our annual "Mr Stick of the Year" writer's notebook contest. Jacie is reflecting on her school year here, and she is paying tribute to me and the other four teachers on our team who have loved having her as our student. I will make sure her other teachers end up with a color copy of this beautiful page from a beautiful writer and a beautiful thinker. Thanks, Jacie. We will miss you too. :-)

7th grader Mackenzie won a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award with this page from her Writer's Notebook.  Learn more about Mr. Stick at this page my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

7th grader Mackenzie won a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award with this page from her Writer's Notebook. Learn more about Mr. Stick at this page my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

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.

Start your writer's notebook routine strong by allowing reckless creativity…

7th grader--Hannah's--action-packed depiction of Hercules' 12th labor earned her a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award!

grader--Hannah's--action-packed depiction of Hercules' labor earned her a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award!

7th grader Angel has won the "Mr. Stick of the Week" notebook award.  I suggested the kids make a list of ten things you shouldn't have done over your winter break (I told them how I drank too much soda instead of water over break).  Angel--always the optimist--made the following list of things he SHOULD have done more of over the holiday.  Good job, Angel, though you included a "tooting" joke and almost offended me!  :-)  Mr. Stick resources online: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

7th grader Angel has won the "Mr. Stick of the Week" notebook award. I suggested the kids make a list of ten things you shouldn't have done over your winter break (I told them how I drank too much soda instead of water over break). Angel--always the optimist--made the following list of things he SHOULD have done more of over the holiday. Good job, Angel, though you included a "tooting" joke and almost offended me! :-) Mr. Stick resources online: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

7th grader--Brian--won a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award with this page about a historical daydream.  Learn more about Mr. Stick at this page at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

7th grader--Brian--won a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award with this page about a historical daydream. Learn more about Mr. Stick at this page at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

7th grader Chaz and 6th grader Chris (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612668670864/) both earn notebook awards for having fun responding to my writer's notebook page about a product I bought to repel rabbits out of my yard.  See my writer's notebook page that inspired this from Chaz here: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612668671023/

7th grader Chaz and 6th grader Chris (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612668670864/) both earn notebook awards for having fun responding to my writer's notebook page about a product I bought to repel rabbits out of my yard. See my writer's notebook page that inspired this from Chaz here: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612668671023/

8th grader Jaysen won a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award for this uinque tribute (and a little gory) to the play "Oedipus Rex," which we just finished studying.  Emily will enjoy looking back at this page all year long.  Read about Mr. Stick in my classroom here:  http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

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.

7th grader Kage won a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award for his five Important Book-inspired passages.  Here is the lesson that inspired Kage: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/important-passages.htm

7th grader Kage won a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award for his five Important Book-inspired passages. Here is the lesson that inspired Kage: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/important-passages.htm

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