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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

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

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.

I like this! Give new words 1-2 times per week and give points when they use them throughout the day.

Cute for weekly vocab. Tally how many times someone uses a vocab. word correctly throughout the week. Have a word winner of the week. This is something the kids could track.

Teaching in Room 6: Written Conversations...kids "talk" about an article without actually talking!  They write down ideas, therefore engaging everyone.

Written Conversations: kids read, annotate, and discuss a selection without actually talking. Nice for the quieter kids in the room.

8th grader Alejandra is a definite artist!  She captured her memories of 8th grade and some of her 8th grade friends with this beautiful two-page spread in her writer's notebook.  I would sell all of my fingers to be able to draw like Alejandra...oh, wait...that wouldn't work out well, would it?

8th grader Alejandra is a definite artist! She captured her memories of 8th grade and some of her 8th grade friends with this beautiful two-page spread in her writer's notebook. I would sell all of my fingers to be able to draw like Alejandra...oh, wait...that wouldn't work out well, would it?

Gotta love sixth graders.  I show them I am writing "Human Nature Haikus," and Lauren invents "Pi-Kus" to show off the next day!

Gotta love sixth graders. I show them I am writing "Human Nature Haikus," and Lauren invents "Pi-Kus" to show off the next day!

The Inspired Classroom: State Brochure. Great Social Studies research project plus persuasive literature!

The Inspired Classroom: State Brochure, PERSUASIVE BROCHURES! A great alternative to persuasive letter writing, and they can be adapted to any subject area.

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

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

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Improve Word Choice in Writing. Fav of "Let's Talk Speech-Language Pathology" by Teachers pay Teachers-great for those middle schoolers and even high schoolers (grades 6-12). Download it for free! Includes over 250 synonyms. Pinned by SOS Inc. Resources.  Follow all our boards at http://pinterest.com/sostherapy  for therapy resources.

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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

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

Where the Wild Things Learn: Famous Friday Freebies and Five Random Things!

Writing prompts - Great idea to customize for grade level. I always love creative writing ideas that make writing fun.

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