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I now have several students using "Comic Life" to create their vocabulary collections. 7th grader--Kasey--earns a vocab collector award for being inspired by eighth grader Mimi's use of that comic-generating program last week: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612668334058/  I love technology tools the kids discover on their own.  I love that my kids are checking this Pinterest board for ideas from each other!

I now have several students using "Comic Life" to create their vocabulary…

4 "published" vocab words a week, self-selected from independent novels or assigned novels.10 different writing activities to choose from, but 4 different ones must be used each week. That's my vocab routine, and we just started year 5 with it in my classroom. Here's a PPT that explains the expectations: http://corbettharrison.com/documents/VOCAB/!Introduction-to-Vocabulary-Collecting.pptx 7th grader--Gino--who learned my routine last year is already off and running with this year's vocab!

4 "published" vocab words a week, self-selected from independent novels or assigned novels.10 different writing activities to choose from, but 4 different ones must be used each week. That's my vocab routine, and we just started year 5 with it in my classroom. Here's a PPT that explains the expectations: http://corbettharrison.com/documents/VOCAB/!Introduction-to-Vocabulary-Collecting.pptx 7th grader--Gino--who learned my routine last year is already off and running with this year's vocab!

I provide a computer form for collecting eight words every two weeks for me, but so many of my kids are now loving the idea of creating their own way of presenting their words to me; see some of the recent posts below to see what I mean.    Here 7th grader Andrew appears to have just a two-side vocabulary set, but there's more than meets the eye.  Click here to see the backside of this red set of words: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612668513941/

I provide a computer form for collecting eight words every two weeks for me, but…

6th grader Luke (whose handwriting is ALMOST as bad as my own) is now using the online form I created for my students, and he won a "Vocabulary Collector of the Week" award this last week!  See my online form and other vocab resources: http://www.pinterest.com/corbettharrison/vocabulary-collectors/

6th grader Luke (whose handwriting is ALMOST as bad as my own) is now using the online form I created for my students, and he won a "Vocabulary Collector of the Week" award this last week! See my online form and other vocab resources: http://www.pinterest.com/corbettharrison/vocabulary-collectors/

During our final quarter, my students create new vocabulary & writing activities for each other, and the best ones become actual options.  Here, students created horror movie posters, where the vocabulary word has to be in the movie's title or its 'tag line.'  I apologize for my eighth graders' dark sense of humor, but they're 8th graders!  Click on the image to zoom in, especially to see the yellow paper, which explains the activity's specific criteria for "full credit."

During our final quarter, my students create new vocabulary & writing activities for each other, and the best ones become actual options. Here, students created horror movie posters, where the vocabulary word has to be in the movie's title or its 'tag line.' I apologize for my eighth graders' dark sense of humor, but they're 8th graders! Click on the image to zoom in, especially to see the yellow paper, which explains the activity's specific criteria for "full credit."

My kids love Mr. Stick (whom I introduce early every school year for their writer's notebooks and their vocabulary assignments). 8th grader Serene is awesome with her Mr. Sticks, and I am celebrating her Mr. Stick vocab cartoon.  I appreciate all of you who are using my 11 vocabulary PowerPoint lessons: http://corbettharrison.com/products.html#vocab  Feel free to share your students' Mr. Sticks with me!

My kids love Mr. Stick (whom I introduce early every school year for their writer's notebooks and their vocabulary assignments). 8th grader Serene is awesome with her Mr. Sticks, and I am celebrating her Mr. Stick vocab cartoon. I appreciate all of you who are using my 11 vocabulary PowerPoint lessons: http://corbettharrison.com/products.html#vocab Feel free to share your students' Mr. Sticks with me!

8th grader Audrey scores a "Vocabulary Collecting" Award with this set of words, all inspired by our class non-fiction: "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl."  Check out my vocabulary resources online: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

8th grader Audrey scores a "Vocabulary Collecting" Award with this set of words, all inspired by our class non-fiction: "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl." Check out my vocabulary resources online: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

I have 10 vocabulary/writing activities. I waited until "quarter 4" to introduce the last two, which we practice on similar words in class in small groups. All my "Vocab Collectors of the Week"--like 8th grader Emily--did perfect work with the two final writing activities now available.  See my vocabulary materials online here: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

I have 10 vocabulary/writing activities. I waited until "quarter 4" to introduce the last two, which we practice on similar words in class in small groups. All my "Vocab Collectors of the Week"--like 8th grader Emily--did perfect work with the two final writing activities now available. See my vocabulary materials online here: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

7th grader Rylee--finishing her self-chosen nonfiction book ("Six Days in October") this last week--used a SpongeBob theme for this week's worth of words. Vocabulary Collecting award received! My vocabulary resources online: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

7th grader Rylee--finishing her self-chosen nonfiction book ("Six Days in October") this last week--used a SpongeBob theme for this week's worth of words. Vocabulary Collecting award received! My vocabulary resources online: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

6th grader--Hannah--gave my eighth graders a "run for their money" with this wonderful collection of words from the Ralph Fletcher books we are reading.  Nice work, Hannah...you earned a Vocabulary Collector award during a week the 8th graders were trying to outshine everyone.  Check out my new vocabulary resource page: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

6th grader--Hannah--gave my eighth graders a "run for their money" with this wonderful collection of words from the Ralph Fletcher books we are reading. Nice work, Hannah...you earned a Vocabulary Collector award during a week the 8th graders were trying to outshine everyone. Check out my new vocabulary resource page: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

And Emily won another vocabulary collecting award with this page.  See how I teach my students to collect their own words: http://corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/Boy-Who-Loved-Words.htm

And Emily won another vocabulary collecting award with this page. See how I teach my students to collect their own words: http://corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/Boy-Who-Loved-Words.htm

I'll end this week's vocabulary posting with one of my uber-artists: 8th grader Emily. I can't ever complain about the quality of her word choices or her presentation of them.  Click image to see Emily's 2-page spread.  My vocabulary resources are online: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

I'll end this week's vocabulary posting with one of my uber-artists: 8th grader Emily. I can't ever complain about the quality of her word choices or her presentation of them. Click image to see Emily's 2-page spread. My vocabulary resources are online: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

There are only two ways students can earn extra credit from me, and one of them is earning a vocab collector of the week award. There are five or six 8th graders whose weekly entries--like Mimi's here--are practically publishable; it's amazing what happens when they WANT that extra credit award. Here is page two of this vocabulary entry: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612668334037/

There are only two ways students can earn extra credit from me, and one of them is earning a vocab collector of the week award. There are five or six 8th graders whose weekly entries--like Mimi's here--are practically publishable; it's amazing what happens when they WANT that extra credit award. Here is page two of this vocabulary entry: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612668334037/

Hey 7th graders, there are more VOCABULARY WRITING options available in the last quarter, and extra points will be given to sev-vies who do a good job trying the new ones.  The 8th graders--like Tayler G here--have mastered two new ones: "Sausage Sentences" and "Imp-Int-Exclam Sentences."  Let these serve as your exemplars until I post official ones at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

Hey 7th graders, there are more VOCABULARY WRITING options available in the last quarter, and extra points will be given to sev-vies who do a good job trying the new ones. The 8th graders--like Tayler G here--have mastered two new ones: "Sausage Sentences" and "Imp-Int-Exclam Sentences." Let these serve as your exemplars until I post official ones at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm