Our 15-year old Border Collie-mix passed away in early December of 2015, and I had paid tribute to him many times in my writer's notebook.  Here is one of my favorite tributes, which was inspired by the mentor text "31 Uses for a Mom" by Harriet Zeifert (at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/039923862X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=039923862X&linkCode=as2&tag=writi-20&linkId=FZORJY673PGOVQUK)

Always Write: Unique Job Descriptions and Noun Phrases.this is the teacher model I created, inspired by Uses for a Mom" by Harriet Ziefert.

"It was the best..., it was the worst..."  Here Rylee pokes fun at her writing partner using an ANAPHORIC style borrowed from Charles Dickens.  Here is the lesson: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/Tale-of-Two-Cities.htm

"It was the best..., it was the worst..." Here Rylee pokes fun at her writing partner using an ANAPHORIC style borrowed from Charles Dickens. Here is the lesson: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/Tale-of-Two-Cities.htm

We did our "Impersonating Mr. Dickens" writing assignment the week of our school musical, and here one of my students used said musical as his topic. Here's the lesson: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/Tale-of-Two-Cities.htm

We did our "Impersonating Mr. Dickens" writing assignment the week of our school musical, and here one of my students used said musical as his topic. Here's the lesson: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/Tale-of-Two-Cities.htm

We did my "Impersonating Charles Dickens" lesson right after we finished our school musical, and this writers chose the musical as her topic. Here is the lesson that inspired this: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/Tale-of-Two-Cities.htm

We did my "Impersonating Charles Dickens" lesson right after we finished our school musical, and this writers chose the musical as her topic. Here is the lesson that inspired this: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/Tale-of-Two-Cities.htm

Just the Facts: Writing Your Own Research Report  AWESOME book for teaching research writing.  It is certainly more appropriate for upper elementary and middle school - but all together a wonderful resource with great pictures to use when first teaching research writing!

Just the Facts: Writing Your Own Research Report AWESOME book for teaching research writing. It is appropriate for upper elementary and middle school and a wonderful resource with great pictures to use when first teaching research writing!

FREE Summer Reading Star Coupon PRINTABLES to avoid the upcoming "Summer-mind-mush" ;)

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Required nightly reading is a big part of most homework in elementary school so mix it up! Get your students out of a stale reading routine and get them reading in a variety of places and situations (ex. reading on a Wednesday under a tree)

Easy-to-write "I Poem." This pin does not go to this image, but you can see enough from the pin to get the idea.

Writers notebook entries - I am a . Good first of the year activity. Maybe do again at the end of the year and look at the differences

Trait Trackers: Tracking the 6 Traits in 20 Popular Children's Books This resource consists of 20 bookmark-size cards that help teachers: --Use children’s books to teach the 6 Traits of writing during read alouds. --Develop skill-based mini-lessons using selected children’s books. --Utilize book excerpts that support individual traits.

Trait Trackers Trait Trackers: Tracking the 6 Traits in 20 Popular Children's Books Detail Page

Middle School Teacher to Literacy Coach: Incorporating Grammar and Conventions into Writing Workshop

Middle School Teacher to Literacy Coach: Incorporating Grammar and Conventions into Writing Workshop-jeff anderson

Narrative Writing Endings Anchor Chart - Young Teacher Love by Kristine Nannini

Persuasive Writing Freebie

Writing Lesson of the Month Network - ...sharing thoughtful, mentor text-inspired lessons your students will love!

Writing Lesson of the Month Network - .sharing thoughtful, mentor text-inspired lessons your students will love!

Fourth Grade Studio: Learning, Thinking, Creating: Our Writing Expectations!

Our Writing Expectations!

Opinion Words from Educating Everyone 4 Life on TeachersNotebook.com (1 page)  - Opinion Words Free Poster To Help Students Distinguish Between Fact and Opinion

Opinion Words-Free Poster Common Core Objective Fact/Opinion Good resource for students to put in reading notebook.

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