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Our 8th graders have a special category in the "Mr. Stick of the Year" contest because of our three-day trip to San Francisco.  If they "Mr. Stick-ed" their best memories.  Sarah put a lot of work into this page.  I just love the idea of her finding this page 5 or 10 years from now and having that whole trip come back to her: This was an entry for my annual "Mr. Stick of the Year" notebook challenge: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/MrStickoftheYear.htm

Our graders have a special category in the "Mr. Stick of the Year" contest…

Pass the Paper Plate Grammar Game: Write the word "noun" in the middle of the plate and have your child write words that are nouns: person, place, thing or an animal around the word. Of course this can be done with adjective, verb, pronoun, adverb and so on.

Pass the Paper Plate Grammar Game: Write the word "noun" in the middle of the plate and have your child write words that are nouns: person, place, thing or an animal around the word. Of course this can be done with adjective, verb, pronoun, adverb and so on.

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.

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

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

7th grader Ethan's TV show-inspired notebook page has won him a "Mr. Stick of the Year" writer's notebook award. There are actually SEVEN "TV show" panels that can be changed interactively to fit inside the TV screen frame he created, so you can change the channels with this notebook page! Use this link to see all seven panels: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612669433006/

7th grader Ethan's TV show-inspired notebook page has won him a "Mr. Stick of the Year" writer's notebook award. There are actually SEVEN "TV show" panels that can be changed interactively to fit inside the TV screen frame he created, so you can change the channels with this notebook page! Use this link to see all seven panels: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612669433006/

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.

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

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…

Top Ten Lists!  If you have enough of an opinion about a topic that you can make a David Letterman-like Top Ten List, then you have a great idea for a writer's notebook page.  Here 8th grader Austin made a Top Ten List based on information he'd acquired about me through stories and through his persistent questions.  Check out my Writer's Notebook resources online: http://corbettharrison.com/writers_notebooks.html

Top Ten Lists! If you have enough of an opinion about a topic that you can make a David Letterman-like Top Ten List, then you have a great idea for a writer's notebook page. Here 8th grader Austin made a Top Ten List based on information he'd acquired about me through stories and through his persistent questions. Check out my Writer's Notebook resources online: http://corbettharrison.com/writers_notebooks.html

6th grader Susy wins one of my ten "Mr. Stick of the Year" awards with this entry she's been working on during the last month of school.  Susy says, "Read the right-hand page first."  I love that she is remembering the school year through music.  THANKS, SUSY!

grader Susy wins one of my ten "Mr. Stick of the Year" awards with this entry she's been working on during the last month of school. Susy says, "Read the right-hand page first." I love that she is remembering the school year through music. THANKS, SUSY!

The Inspired Classroom: State Brochure. Great Social Studies research project plus persuasive literature!

The Inspired Classroom: State Brochure, PERSUASIVE BROCHURES! A great alternative to persuasive letter writing, and they can be adapted to any subject area.

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.

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