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
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!
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
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