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6th grader Patrick, seeing how most of his buddies earned "Mr. Stick of the Week" awards since August, well, he took the challenge.  Patrick and I are still focusing on strong details in his writing, but he took great pride in this page, and it's an excellent writing example for this young man.  Patrick's friend (and main character) Max wrote a similar tribute to Patrick playing sports: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612667959062/

6th grader Patrick, seeing how most of his buddies earned "Mr. Stick of the Week" awards since August, well, he took the challenge. Patrick and I are still focusing on strong details in his writing, but he took great pride in this page, and it's an excellent writing example for this young man. Patrick's friend (and main character) Max wrote a similar tribute to Patrick playing sports: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612667959062/

Glados, the Talking Potato, Part 2: I didn't much care for the topic, so I asked my 8th graders to help me; I asked for "bad potato puns" to give to this potato whose voice I was told to write with.  With their help, I managed to write this silly piece.  Click here for next image in this series:  http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612667964731/

Glados, the Talking Potato, Part 2: I didn't much care for the topic, so I asked my 8th graders to help me; I asked for "bad potato puns" to give to this potato whose voice I was told to write with. With their help, I managed to write this silly piece. Click here for next image in this series: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612667964731/

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

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

My sixth graders first learn to write recipe metaphors when they create them from author Ralph Fletcher's advice.  I gave Lucas a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award for this recipe for a good piece of writing.  Check out Mr. Stick at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

My sixth graders first learn to write recipe metaphors when they create them from author Ralph Fletcher's advice. I gave Lucas a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award for this recipe for a good piece of writing. Check out Mr. Stick at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.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 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/

6th grader Chris and 7th grader Chaz (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612668670885/) 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 Chris here: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612668671023/

6th grader Chris and 7th grader Chaz (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612668670885/) 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 Chris here: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612668671023/

Glados, the Talking Potato, Part 3:  Because they had helped, my 8th graders expected to see my finished notebook entry, and they found it terrible.  To prove that I could have been, 8th grader Jaysen wrote a two-page notebook entry to appease 6th grader Kevin.  Click here for page two of Jaysen's notebook entry:  http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612667964738/

Glados, the Talking Potato, Part 3: Because they had helped, my 8th graders expected to see my finished notebook entry, and they found it terrible. To prove that I could have been, 8th grader Jaysen wrote a two-page notebook entry to appease 6th grader Kevin. Click here for page two of Jaysen's notebook entry: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612667964738/

6th grader Mattie created this two-page spread for my Alpha-Genres writer's notebook lesson: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/alpha-genres.htm

6th grader Mattie created this two-page spread for my Alpha-Genres writer's notebook lesson: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/alpha-genres.htm

7th grader Kage won a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award for his five Important Book-inspired passages.  Here is the lesson that inspired Kage: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/important-passages.htm

7th grader Kage won a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award for his five Important Book-inspired passages. Here is the lesson that inspired Kage: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/important-passages.htm

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/

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/

Glados, the Talking Potato, part 5.  OK, you were warned, and this image is why the 6th grader--Kevin--never got to see this page.  I don't condone this image, but it's my student's notebook, not mine, and I know him well enough to know that he is not taking drugs;  he is making puns that amuse him, not trying to offend anyone.  Anyway, that was the journey of an idea in Mr. Harrison's wacky world of writer's notebooks.  Return to first image…

Glados, the Talking Potato, part 5. OK, you were warned, and this image is why the 6th grader--Kevin--never got to see this page. I don't condone this image, but it's my student's notebook, not mine, and I know him well enough to know that he is not taking drugs; he is making puns that amuse him, not trying to offend anyone. Anyway, that was the journey of an idea in Mr. Harrison's wacky world of writer's notebooks. Return to first image…

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.

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.

7th grader Diana wins a Mr. Stick award for accepting my challenge of writing a poem or two during SWT this month.  This was poem was inspired by the Sacred Writing Slide of the Day: http://corbettharrison.com/products.html#swt

7th grader Diana wins a Mr. Stick award for accepting my challenge of writing a poem or two during SWT this month. This was poem was inspired by the Sacred Writing Slide of the Day: http://corbettharrison.com/products.html#swt

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

Here is 2 day's worth of writing from 7th grader Diana based on this SWT slide: Just so you know, the second day, which was spent coloring and decorating, was done on her own time.  In-class SWT is always about the writing, and I usually don't allow coloring or drawing.  Interested in our Sacred Writing Time slides? Link: http://corbettharrison.com/products.html#swt

Here is 2 day's worth of writing from 7th grader Diana based on this SWT slide: Just so you know, the second day, which was spent coloring and decorating, was done on her own time. In-class SWT is always about the writing, and I usually don't allow coloring or drawing. Interested in our Sacred Writing Time slides? Link: http://corbettharrison.com/products.html#swt