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Wow, when you come across a page like this in a kid's writer's notebook, you can't NOT read what they've written.  This was a winning  entry for my 2013 annual "Mr. Stick of the Year" notebook contest from a 7th grader, Hannah: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/MrStickoftheYear.htm

Wow, when you come across a page like this in a kid's writer's notebook, you…

6th grader Jared loves to create Mr. Stick comic strips.  This was an entry for my annual "Mr. Stick of the Year" notebook challenge: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/MrStickoftheYear.htm

6th grader Jared loves to create Mr. Stick comic strips. This was an entry for my annual "Mr. Stick of the Year" notebook challenge: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/MrStickoftheYear.htm

6th grader Donovan wins one of my ten "Mr. Stick of the Year" notebook awards with this illustrated, on-going story he's been working on.  It's written in pencil, so it's a bit hard to read, but you can zoom in if you click on the image!  THANKS, Donovan, for keeping such a wonderful, bacon-inspired writer's notebook all year.

6th grader Donovan wins one of my ten "Mr. Stick of the Year" notebook awards with this illustrated, on-going story he's been working on. It's written in pencil, so it's a bit hard to read, but you can zoom in if you click on the image! THANKS, Donovan, for keeping such a wonderful, bacon-inspired writer's notebook all year.

Brooke did a beautiful job of creating this two-page spread of writing advice, using Mr. Stick in an innovative way.

This idea is a keeper. I would love to try this with my grade four kids.

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.

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…

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. :-)

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

7th grader Guillermo worked very hard on perfecting the language of this metaphor.

One of my favorite student-created metaphors from the school year. This was created by Guillermo in his writer's notebook during sacred writing time.

Not a lot of writing with this Mr. Stick, but it captures a great memory and is clever with its use of pencils.  When my kids groan because I tell them we are starting a new essay, I always do say, "Your groans only make me stronger," which is followed by my best evil laugh: Mwoo-ha-ha-ha!

Not a lot of writing with this Mr. Stick, but it captures a great memory and is clever with its use of pencils. When my kids groan because I tell them we are starting a new essay, I always do say, "Your groans only make me stronger," which is followed by my best evil laugh: Mwoo-ha-ha-ha!

Since it didn't really use a stickman (or stick woman), I could only award 8th grader--Mimi--an 'honorable mention' this year for this sequel to her prize-winning Barbie-themed page she made as a sweet and much more innocent 6th grader: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612665854241/  It's fascinating to me how their senses of humor become a bit racier as they mature.    I'll miss you next year, Mimi!  I truly will.

Since it didn't really use a stickman (or stick woman), I could only award 8th grader--Mimi--an 'honorable mention' this year for this sequel to her prize-winning Barbie-themed page she made as a sweet and much more innocent 6th grader: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612665854241/ It's fascinating to me how their senses of humor become a bit racier as they mature. I'll miss you next year, Mimi! I truly will.

Fingerprint cartoon storytelling.

Wham! Bam! Kapow!: Cartoon Storytelling

Teach your child how to work in all the essential parts of a story (beginning, middle and end) as he engages his creative mind. Completing this fun cartoon project is sure to strengthen his fine motor skills as well.

7th grader Savannah's memory of me and how I'm pretty "tongue in cheek" with her classmates won her a "Mr. Stick of the Year" award.    I love how in her picture, you can see my Sacred Writing Slide (http://corbettharrison.com/products.html#SWT) behind me on the Smartboard.

grader Savannah's memory of me and how I'm pretty "tongue in cheek" with her…

My sixth graders who went camping at "adventure camp" this spring had a special Mr. Stick of the Year category just for them: Best Sierra Nevada Journeys Memories.  Here is Mason's two-page spread; note the vomiting student in the corner...the things we don't know about until we read them after the fact in a writer's notebook.  This was an entry for my annual "Mr. Stick of the Year" notebook challenge: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/MrStickoftheYear.htm

My sixth graders who went camping at "adventure camp" this spring had a special Mr. Stick of the Year category just for them: Best Sierra Nevada Journeys Memories. Here is Mason's two-page spread; note the vomiting student in the corner...the things we don't know about until we read them after the fact in a writer's notebook. This was an entry for my annual "Mr. Stick of the Year" notebook challenge: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/MrStickoftheYear.htm

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