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6th grader Meredith took me up on my extra credit challenge of writing imaginary letters of complaint to artistic neighbors she might live next to.  Here are her letters to Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns.  Here is the online write-up for this notebook lesson: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/Pigasso-Mootisse.htm

6th grader Meredith took me up on my extra credit challenge of writing imaginary letters of complaint to artistic neighbors she might live next to. Here are her letters to Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. Here is the online write-up for this notebook lesson: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/Pigasso-Mootisse.htm

7th grader--Kevin G--went out of his way to be creative and thorough when writing his five required Important Book-inspired passages for his notebook.  Here is a link to the lesson that inspired this student sample: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/important-passages.htm

7th grader--Kevin G--went out of his way to be creative and thorough when writing his five required Important Book-inspired passages for his notebook. Here is a link to the lesson that inspired this student sample: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/important-passages.htm

Always Write: Inventing Collective Nouns...a writer's notebook extra credit challenge.

Always Write: Inventing Collective Nouns.a writer's notebook extra credit challenge.

8th grader, Claire, inspired by my fake notebook election, has decided to create a notebook campaign between chocolate and vanilla ice cream.

grader, Claire, inspired by my fake notebook election, has decided to create a notebook campaign between chocolate and vanilla ice cream.

Weird Comics!  8th grader Gwen decided she needed an original and weird comic strip right in the middle of her writer's notebook.  Mr. Stick was cast to help!  Check out my online notebook resource page: http://corbettharrison.com/writers_notebooks.html  Check out my online Mr. Stick resources: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

Weird Comics! 8th grader Gwen decided she needed an original and weird comic strip right in the middle of her writer's notebook. Mr. Stick was cast to help! Check out my online notebook resource page: http://corbettharrison.com/writers_notebooks.html Check out my online Mr. Stick resources: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

Top Ten Lists!  If you have enough of an opinion about a topic that you can make a David Letterman-like Top Ten List, then you have a great idea for a writer's notebook page.  Here 8th grader Austin made a Top Ten List based on information he'd acquired about me through stories and through his persistent questions.  Check out my Writer's Notebook resources online: http://corbettharrison.com/writers_notebooks.html

Top Ten Lists! If you have enough of an opinion about a topic that you can make a David Letterman-like Top Ten List, then you have a great idea for a writer's notebook page. Here 8th grader Austin made a Top Ten List based on information he'd acquired about me through stories and through his persistent questions. Check out my Writer's Notebook resources online: http://corbettharrison.com/writers_notebooks.html

Crazy Mr. Stick Comics! Inspired by our Sacred Writing Time's daily holiday prompt, 7th grader Mark created this comic and explanation inspired by National Name your PC day.  Mr. Stick makes all students feel confident with cartooning.  My Mr. Stick online resources: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

Crazy Mr. Stick Comics! Inspired by our Sacred Writing Time's daily holiday prompt, 7th grader Mark created this comic and explanation inspired by National Name your PC day. Mr. Stick makes all students feel confident with cartooning. My Mr. Stick online resources: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

A great word game or language challenge can make a great writer's notebook challenge for your students.  I challenged my writers to create a page that celebrated four "Tom Swift puns," and here is 8th grader Matt's page. Explore this idea more at my website here: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/Tom-Swift.htm

A great word game or language challenge can make a great writer's notebook challenge for your students. I challenged my writers to create a page that celebrated four "Tom Swift puns," and here is 8th grader Matt's page. Explore this idea more at my website here: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/Tom-Swift.htm

Tribute to a Favorite Character!  My top readers like the challenge of making a character tribute page in their notebooks.  Here 7th grader Bree took ten minutes to pay tribute to her favorite tribute--Katniss from "The Hunger Games."  Check out my writer's notebook resources online here: http://corbettharrison.com/writers_notebooks.html

Tribute to a Favorite Character! My top readers like the challenge of making a character tribute page in their notebooks. Here 7th grader Bree took ten minutes to pay tribute to her favorite tribute--Katniss from "The Hunger Games." Check out my writer's notebook resources online here: http://corbettharrison.com/writers_notebooks.html

6th grader Alisa went "decoration happy" with this rough draft of a rather dark story she's been working on!  I love that they want their notebooks to be visual like this.  It fascinates me when they decorate a rough draft (complete with its spelling errors) with such elaborate detail. My joke with Alisa: "If you put as much effort into checking your spelling as you do with creating those amazing title letters, you'd have a perfect piece of writing!"

6th grader Alisa went "decoration happy" with this rough draft of a rather dark story she's been working on! I love that they want their notebooks to be visual like this. It fascinates me when they decorate a rough draft (complete with its spelling errors) with such elaborate detail. My joke with Alisa: "If you put as much effort into checking your spelling as you do with creating those amazing title letters, you'd have a perfect piece of writing!"

Fake headstones!  My history teacher has students design headstones for historical figures, which is admittedly dark but the kids like it. Many of them start creating headstones for silly things in their writer's notebooks for me afterwards, as 6th grader Audrey did here; one of her notebook pages ripped out, so she wrote about burying it on a later page in her notebook.  My online writer's notebook resources are here: http://corbettharrison.com/writers_notebooks.html

Fake headstones! My history teacher has students design headstones for historical figures, which is admittedly dark but the kids like it. Many of them start creating headstones for silly things in their writer's notebooks for me afterwards, as 6th grader Audrey did here; one of her notebook pages ripped out, so she wrote about burying it on a later page in her notebook. My online writer's notebook resources are here: http://corbettharrison.com/writers_notebooks.html

Invent a Superhero! My 3rd-8th graders love inventing unique superheroes for their writer's notebooks, as 7th grader Kage did here, using "Mr. Stick."  I have a page of Mr. Stick resources at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

Invent a Superhero! My 3rd-8th graders love inventing unique superheroes for their writer's notebooks, as 7th grader Kage did here, using "Mr. Stick." I have a page of Mr. Stick resources at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

One of the 25 Reading Bingo Card activities is inspired by our "Important Book" passages activity for writer's notebooks.  This is 8th grader--Rachel's--notebook celebration of the format. See the notebook lesson that inspired this sample here: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/important-passages.htm  Order the Reading Notebook cards here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Full-Set-Reading-Notebook-Bingo-Cards-2245487

Always Write: An Original Writer's Notebook Lesson based on the Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown

This is such a fun notebook assignment I do with my 8th graders to review VOICE in writing. This sample is Shelby's. Inspired by a real, recurring feature in "Reader's Digest," my students create and decorate imaginary advice columns in their notebooks.  Here's a link to this lesson: http://corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/NormalOrNuts.htm

This is such a fun notebook assignment I do with my 8th graders to review VOICE in writing. This sample is Shelby's. Inspired by a real, recurring feature in "Reader's Digest," my students create and decorate imaginary advice columns in their notebooks. Here's a link to this lesson: http://corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/NormalOrNuts.htm

Create a Survival Guide! As an almost-graduating sixth grader, Kendall created this "6th Grade Survival List" for those who followed in her awesome footsteps!  Check out my writer's notebook resources here:  http://corbettharrison.com/writers_notebooks.html

Create a Survival Guide! As an almost-graduating sixth grader, Kendall created this "6th Grade Survival List" for those who followed in her awesome footsteps! Check out my writer's notebook resources here: http://corbettharrison.com/writers_notebooks.html

Each SWT slide tells the students to "make their pencils dance" for ten minutes.  Here, 7th grader Ashton defies that type of choreography, and yet her pencil indeed danced.  Learn about sacred writing time here: http://corbettharrison.com/SWT.htm

Each SWT slide tells the students to "make their pencils dance" for ten minutes. Here, 7th grader Ashton defies that type of choreography, and yet her pencil indeed danced. Learn about sacred writing time here: http://corbettharrison.com/SWT.htm

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