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6th grader Nate shares his writer's notebook page inspired by both "Old Black Fly" by Jim Aylesworth and a passage from chapter 1 of "Boy's Life" by Robert McCammon. Here's my lesson link: http://corbettharrison.com/Personal-Treasures.html

6th grader Nate shares his writer's notebook page inspired by both "Old Black Fly" by Jim Aylesworth and a passage from chapter 1 of "Boy's Life" by Robert McCammon. Here's my lesson link: http://corbettharrison.com/Personal-Treasures.html

6th grader Diane's "Personal Treasure" page in her notebook, inspired by a passage from "Boy's Life" and the picture book "Old Black Fly."  Visit the lesson online here: http://corbettharrison.com/Personal-Treasures.html

6th grader Diane's "Personal Treasure" page in her notebook, inspired by a passage from "Boy's Life" and the picture book "Old Black Fly." Visit the lesson online here: http://corbettharrison.com/Personal-Treasures.html

A great, two-page entry from 7th grader Ryan about one of his excursions over the summer. Learn about my writer's notebook expectations for my students here: http://corbettharrison.com/writers_notebooks.html#communication

A great, two-page entry from grader Ryan about one of his excursions over…

Start your writer's notebook routine strong by allowing reckless creativity, like a Serendipitous Superhero challenge: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/SuperheroABCs.htm  This is a sample from 6th grader Ryan.

Start your writer's notebook routine strong by allowing reckless creativity…

My 8th grader--M.H.--one was of our nine kids who won at the state level of National History Day, and she competed in Washington, D.C.  I told all those kids I expected amazing summer notebooks of D.C.  This student didn't disappoint.  Read about my writer's notebook program here:  http://corbettharrison.com/Summer-Expectations.htm

My 8th grader--M.H.--one was of our nine kids who won at the state level of National History Day, and she competed in Washington, D.C. I told all those kids I expected amazing summer notebooks of D.C. This student didn't disappoint. Read about my writer's notebook program here: http://corbettharrison.com/Summer-Expectations.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

"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

16-word poems (inspired by William Carlos Williams) are a favorite of my students in their writer's notebook.  During Sacred Writing Time, they can often write four or five.  Here is my online lesson for this type of poetry: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/So-Much-Depends-Upon.htm

16-word poems (inspired by William Carlos Williams) are a favorite of my students in their writer's notebook. During Sacred Writing Time, they can often write four or five. Here is my online lesson for this type of poetry: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/So-Much-Depends-Upon.htm

My 7th graders were analyzing the epistolary story "Ordeal by Cheque," (http://corbettharrison.com/documents/OrdealbyCheque.pdf) and 8th grader Patrick was intrigued by my essential question still on the whiteboard: "Who is Tony Spagoni?"  Without evening knowing the story, he created this funny little one-page tribute that used Mr. Stick, so he earned a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award.  Thanks for always making me laugh, Patrick!  Mr. Stick resources:  http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

My 7th graders were analyzing the epistolary story "Ordeal by Cheque," (http://corbettharrison.com/documents/OrdealbyCheque.pdf) and 8th grader Patrick was intrigued by my essential question still on the whiteboard: "Who is Tony Spagoni?" Without evening knowing the story, he created this funny little one-page tribute that used Mr. Stick, so he earned a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award. Thanks for always making me laugh, Patrick! Mr. Stick resources: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

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

My 8th graders invented six new activities for "publishing" new vocab words. The 7th graders like them very much. I chose this  week's "Vocab Collector" awards based on my "sev-vies" who did well with all eight of their words and ALSO tried at least one of the newer activities. 7th grader--Lexxie--for example created an imaginary App based on the word "incoherent."  Here is a link to the original pin where I shared this new vocab idea: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612669006044/

My 8th graders invented six new activities for "publishing" new vocab words. The 7th graders like them very much. I chose this week's "Vocab Collector" awards based on my "sev-vies" who did well with all eight of their words and ALSO tried at least one of the newer activities. 7th grader--Lexxie--for example created an imaginary App based on the word "incoherent." Here is a link to the original pin where I shared this new vocab idea: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612669006044/

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

7th grader Emily used great Mr. Stick facial expressions to help tell a wild story from her summertime writer's notebook.

grader Emily used great Mr. Stick facial expressions to help tell a wild story from her summertime writer's notebook.

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

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