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We start each school year setting up a section in our binders for our "Vocabulary Collections."  I have this online lessons that explains how I get my kids to create great, word-inspired cover pages to their collections: http://corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/Boy-Who-Loved-Words.htm

The Boy Who Loved Words Always Write: A Writer's Notebook Lesson and Teacher Model!

Teaching Teens in the 21st: Before the School Year Begins...  great ideas from Kelly Gallagher!

Great writing ideas Teaching Teens in the Tons of great ideas, not only for teaching writing and literacy, but for managing the "paper load" we all have.

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

My first vocabulary & writing lesson (from my package of ten lessons) has students personify a word in three or more sentences. Here is 8th grader Irene's piece of vocabulary-based writing. You can freely use my personification lesson with your students: http://corbettharrison.com/products.html#vocab The other nine lessons are just as thorough.

My first vocabulary & writing lesson (from my package of ten lessons) has students personify a word in three or more sentences. Here is 8th grader Irene's piece of vocabulary-based writing. You can freely use my personification lesson with your students: http://corbettharrison.com/products.html#vocab The other nine lessons are just as thorough.

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

The routine is in place now. Each week students "publish" four vocabulary words for their "logophile collections" (http://corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/Boy-Who-Loved-Words.htm).  I have ten writing activities for them to choose from, and each week they must do four DIFFERENT writing activities.  Take pride in your collection, like Mimi did here.  Learn more about my vocabulary routine here: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

The routine is in place now. Each week students "publish" four vocabulary words for their "logophile collections" (http://corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/Boy-Who-Loved-Words.htm). I have ten writing activities for them to choose from, and each week they must do four DIFFERENT writing activities. Take pride in your collection, like Mimi did here. Learn more about my vocabulary routine here: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

"Would You Rather" writing prompts. (You will need to copy, paste and print because this link is broken.)

Would You Rather?

"Would You Rather" writing prompts. (You will need to copy, paste and print because this link is broken.) Great ice breaker, too!

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…

My 8th grade boys stepped it up this week and 4 of my 5 vocabulary extra credit prizes.  Here is Josh's entry.  Great work here!  My vocabulary resources online: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

My 8th grade boys stepped it up this week and 4 of my 5 vocabulary extra credit prizes. Here is Josh's entry. Great work here! My vocabulary resources online: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

I'm going to have numerous "Vocab of the Week" winners today because I am actually doing two weeks' worth--plus the kids are really starting to take this seriously.  Here's 7th-grader Jolie's week's worth of words, Easy links to my vocabulary resources at my website:  http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

I'm going to have numerous "Vocab of the Week" winners today because I am actually doing two weeks' worth--plus the kids are really starting to take this seriously. Here's 7th-grader Jolie's week's worth of words, Easy links to my vocabulary resources at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

Started teaching them my writing techniques for their four required vocab words each week way back in August, and the quality of my students' vocab I assessed over break is astoundingly good.  I know this group of students will create some new writing tasks for their peers this spring that will blow my mind. Want to make your kids love vocabulary "collecting" too? Check out this resource page I maintain for them: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

Started teaching them my writing techniques for their four required vocab words each week way back in August, and the quality of my students' vocab I assessed over break is astoundingly good. I know this group of students will create some new writing tasks for their peers this spring that will blow my mind. Want to make your kids love vocabulary "collecting" too? Check out this resource page I maintain for them: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

Mackenzie--a 7th grader--submitted this excellent collection of vocabulary words from the last half of "Flowers for Algernon," which I decided was worthy of a "Vocabulary Collector of the Week" award.  Good job, Mackenzie!  Check out my new online vocabulary resources:  http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

Mackenzie--a 7th grader--submitted this excellent collection of vocabulary words from the last half of "Flowers for Algernon," which I decided was worthy of a "Vocabulary Collector of the Week" award. Good job, Mackenzie! Check out my new online vocabulary resources: 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/

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