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?
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
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
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
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
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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!"
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
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