What wins a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award? 7th grader Kasey, during his ten minutes of sacred writing time, wrote the following poem. He, then, took his notebook home to decorate and gussey-up the page; he's captured my bamboo staff and my missing tooth wonderfully, and he has me standing next to the "Duck of Death," which is a reference known by me and my students. "Original piece of writing presented uniquely" + "fun Mr. Stick illustration" = MR. STICK OF THE WEEK NOTEBOOK PAGE award!
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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 Henry has an on-going adventure of "Super Stick" in his notebook. I'm charmed by how similar his notebook-keeping techniques are similar to Max's in this book by Marissa Moss: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612668432875/ Check out a page from Henry's notebook that followed this one: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612668670506/
At home, 8th grader Josh "fancied up" his assigned "Normal or Nuts" write-up for his notebook, and he glued it in the day it was due. I gave him a "Notebook Award" for creating such a great page. Here is the article this notebook assignment was inspired by: http://www.rd.com/health/wellness/normal-or-nuts-2013/6/
7th grader--Tyler--won a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award with this page about a slumber party experience with sleepwalkers. Learn more about Mr. Stick at this page at my website: 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
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 6th grader Aidan 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
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 Ashley won an honorable mention in my "Stickman of the Year" writer's notebook contest I sponsor every year. To enter, you have to have won one of my "Mr. Stick of the Week" awards I give out weekly to three or four students. When you show students pages like this, many of them realize they could be (and SHOULD be) putting more effort into the ten minutes I give them to "sacred write" every class session. Feel free to show off any/all of the student samples I share at Pinterest.
I'm awarding a "Mr. Stick of the Week's 'Best Decorated Notebook Page' Award" to 6th grader Susy, who is tired of watching 8th graders kiss in the hallways at our middle school. Check out my online writer's notebook resources here: http://corbettharrison.com/writers_notebooks.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 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