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My 7th graders were analyzing the epistolary story "Ordeal by Cheque," (http://corbettharrison.com/documents/OrdealbyCheque.pdf) and 8th grader Patrick was intrigued by my essential question still on the whiteboard: "Who is Tony Spagoni?"  Without evening knowing the story, he created this funny little one-page tribute that used Mr. Stick, so he earned a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award.  Thanks for always making me laugh, Patrick!  Mr. Stick resources:  http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

My 7th graders were analyzing the epistolary story "Ordeal by Cheque," (http://corbettharrison.com/documents/OrdealbyCheque.pdf) and 8th grader Patrick was intrigued by my essential question still on the whiteboard: "Who is Tony Spagoni?" Without evening knowing the story, he created this funny little one-page tribute that used Mr. Stick, so he earned a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award. Thanks for always making me laugh, Patrick! Mr. Stick resources: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

Even though you don't need to name your character "Mr. Stick" if you are entering my "Mr. Stick of the Week" notebook page contest, a lot of my kids do.  7th grader Henry, for example, has many different adventures for "Mr. Stick" throughout his notebook.  I think this one, involving Mr. Stick and a cat, is a nice example of a story that can be written in two ten-minute sessions of Sacred Writing Time.  Mr. Stick resources: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

Even though you don't need to name your character "Mr. Stick" if you are entering my "Mr. Stick of the Week" notebook page contest, a lot of my kids do. 7th grader Henry, for example, has many different adventures for "Mr. Stick" throughout his notebook. I think this one, involving Mr. Stick and a cat, is a nice example of a story that can be written in two ten-minute sessions of Sacred Writing Time. Mr. Stick resources: 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

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 Mason was my first "Mr. Stick of the Week" notebook winner for 2014.  He assures me there will be a part two to this true story he is writing about.  My Mr. Stick resources are online: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

7th grader Mason was my first "Mr. Stick of the Week" notebook winner for 2014. He assures me there will be a part two to this true story he is writing about. My Mr. Stick resources are online: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

7th grader Rylee-freshly back from October break--submitted this Disneyland-inspired Mr. Stick page for her notebook!  Check out all my Mr. Stick resources online at: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

7th grader Rylee-freshly back from October break--submitted this Disneyland-inspired Mr. Stick page for her notebook! Check out all my Mr. Stick resources online at: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

6th grader Suzy wins a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award with this entry she turned in last Friday.  Thanks to the "Amelia Notebooks," I have a lot of students who tape flat items into their notebooks and then let them become part of their story-telling.  Mr. Stick resources online:  http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

6th grader Suzy wins a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award with this entry she turned in last Friday. Thanks to the "Amelia Notebooks," I have a lot of students who tape flat items into their notebooks and then let them become part of their story-telling. 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

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

7th grader Meghan C. wins a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award for her personal examination of middle school stereo types.  Thanks for the disclaimer in the upper-left corner, Meghan!  Check out my Mr. Stick resources online here:  http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

7th grader Meghan C. wins a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award for her personal examination of middle school stereo types. Thanks for the disclaimer in the upper-left corner, Meghan! Check out my Mr. Stick resources online here: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

7th grader Scott wins a "Mr. Stick of the Week" notebook award for this memory for "Tolerance Week" and "No Bullies Week!"  Scott has a pretty impressive writer's notebook for a 7th grader! Check out Mr. Stick online at: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

7th grader Scott wins a "Mr. Stick of the Week" notebook award for this memory for "Tolerance Week" and "No Bullies Week!" Scott has a pretty impressive writer's notebook for a 7th grader! Check out Mr. Stick online at: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

7th Grader Ethan wins a "Mr. Stick of the Week" notebook award for his 2-page entry about being on a safari-cal adventure with Safari Cal.  Here is the link to his story that goes with this picture: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612668451978/

7th Grader Ethan wins a "Mr. Stick of the Week" notebook award for his 2-page entry about being on a safari-cal adventure with Safari Cal. Here is the link to his story that goes with this picture: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612668451978/

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Thesis statement anchor chart for argumentative writing. Put term up and have kids research or give ideas.

6th grader Tyler created 4 pages about "Sierra Nevada Journeys," which was the three-day adventure camp.  He made a top ten list, and this is his final page, which shares his favorite memory of that trip!  This was an entry in my annual "Mr. Stick of the Year" writer's notebook contest: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/MrStickoftheYear.htm

6th grader Tyler created 4 pages about "Sierra Nevada Journeys," which was the three-day adventure camp. He made a top ten list, and this is his final page, which shares his favorite memory of that trip! This was an entry in my annual "Mr. Stick of the Year" writer's notebook contest: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/MrStickoftheYear.htm

Thumbprint Autobiography - Layers of Learning

Art Lessons for Kids: Thumbprint Self-Portrait. The kids make this based on their actual thumbprint and write a narrative about themselves. how old you are, things you like and don't like, your hopes and dreams for the future.

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 Olivia did here. Olivia is in the middle of a long story she is writing; she wasn't required to type out her notebook writing that accompanied her picture, but she did.  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 Olivia did here. Olivia is in the middle of a long story she is writing; she wasn't required to type out her notebook writing that accompanied her picture, but she did. Learn about Mr. Stick here: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

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