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Wow!  6th grader Mimi blew me away with this two-page spread dedicated to Barbies that don't sell well. This totally deserved a "Mr. Stick of the Year" award.

grader Mimi blew me away with this two-page spread dedicated to Barbies that don't sell well. This totally deserved a "Mr. Stick of the Year" award.

Crazy Mr. Stick Comics! Inspired by our Sacred Writing Time's daily holiday prompt, 7th grader Mark created this comic and explanation inspired by National Name your PC day.  Mr. Stick makes all students feel confident with cartooning.  My Mr. Stick online resources: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

Crazy Mr. Stick Comics! Inspired by our Sacred Writing Time's daily holiday prompt, 7th grader Mark created this comic and explanation inspired by National Name your PC day. Mr. Stick makes all students feel confident with cartooning. My Mr. Stick online resources: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

Anna--one of my 7th graders--takes home one of my ten "Mr. Stick of the Year" writer's notebook awards for this two-page spread that honors the "Stick of the Century!"  I love the acceptance speech and Stick Taylor L.'s abs, Anna, and I will miss your creativity next year. My Mr. Stick resources, which inspire great notebook pages like this one, can be found online at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

Anna--one of my 7th graders--takes home one of my ten "Mr. Stick of the Year" writer's notebook awards for this two-page spread that honors the "Stick of the Century!" I love the acceptance speech and Stick Taylor L.'s abs, Anna, and I will miss your creativity next year. My Mr. Stick resources, which inspire great notebook pages like this one, can be found online at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

8th grader, Claire, inspired by my fake notebook election, has decided to create a notebook campaign between chocolate and vanilla ice cream.

grader, Claire, inspired by my fake notebook election, has decided to create a notebook campaign between chocolate and vanilla ice cream.

7th grader Nico wrote the original tri-ku (three haikus) in honor of my iPhone's "Duck of Death" call, which brings sacred writing time to a close.

grader Nico wrote the original tri-ku (three haikus) in honor of my iPhone's "Duck of Death" call, which brings sacred writing time to a close.

How do you win a "Mr. Stick of the Week" Notebook award in my class?  Take the ten minutes of writing you did during "Sacred Writing Time" one day, take it home, and decorate it so it stands out...like 7th grader Catie did here. This year, I've sure had a lot of superhero tributes in notebooks.  Learn about Mr. Stick here: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

How do you win a "Mr. Stick of the Week" Notebook award in my class? Take the ten minutes of writing you did during "Sacred Writing Time" one day, take it home, and decorate it so it stands out...like 7th grader Catie did here. This year, I've sure had a lot of superhero tributes in notebooks. Learn about Mr. Stick here: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

My wonderful 7th grader Mackenzie wins one of my ten "Mr. Stick of the Year" writer's notebook awards with this charming little story about the diabolical thievery of the world's mustaches.  THANKS, Mackenzie...your creativity is amazing.  Check out my Mr. Stick resources at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

My wonderful 7th grader Mackenzie wins one of my ten "Mr. Stick of the Year" writer's notebook awards with this charming little story about the diabolical thievery of the world's mustaches. THANKS, Mackenzie...your creativity is amazing. Check out my Mr. Stick resources at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

Writer's Notebooks: "Artistic Neighbors"

Another amazing writer's notebook page from grad,er Sarah. This one was inspired by the book "When Pigasso Met Mootisse," which is a funny picture book!

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?

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. :-)

This one deserves to be zoomed in on, so make sure you click the image and look at the details 7th grader Dylan added to create this "Mr. Stick of the Year" award-winning page!  Dylan created his own version of the board game Operation, using Mr. Stick and a lot of puns.  THANKS, Dylan--I will miss your creativity next year.  Learn more about Mr. Stick at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

This one deserves to be zoomed in on, so make sure you click the image and look…

Corbett Harrison's writing website.  Great resources and ideas to get students writing.

Always Write: Excellent writing resources and lessons for Middle School Writing.awesome ideas, lessons, links and more!

7th Grade winner

or Interactive Notebook Pages! If you teach them a few "pop-up book" tricks, you can receive some fun stuff from your writers, like grader Nico did here. Here is a brief video to show you how this page is interactive: corbettharrison.

6th grader Dontae wins a "Vocabulary Collector of the Week" award with this set of words from "The Eleventh Plague," which I think I recommended for him from the class library.  My vocabulary resources: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

6th grader Dontae wins a "Vocabulary Collector of the Week" award with this set of words from "The Eleventh Plague," which I think I recommended for him from the class library. My vocabulary resources: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

4 "published" vocab words a week, self-selected from independent novels or assigned novels.10 different writing activities to choose from, but 4 different ones must be used each week. That's my vocab routine, and we just started year 5 with it in my classroom. Here's a PPT that explains the expectations: http://corbettharrison.com/documents/VOCAB/!Introduction-to-Vocabulary-Collecting.pptx 8th grader--Bill--who learned my routine two years ago is already off and running with this year's…

4 "published" vocab words a week, self-selected from independent novels or assigned novels.10 different writing activities to choose from, but 4 different ones must be used each week. That's my vocab routine, and we just started year 5 with it in my classroom. Here's a PPT that explains the expectations: http://corbettharrison.com/documents/VOCAB/!Introduction-to-Vocabulary-Collecting.pptx 8th grader--Bill--who learned my routine two years ago is already off and running with this year's…

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