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
Prior Pinner said: "Check out this idea for planting seeds in a Writers' Notebook! It's a fun way to use a mentor text to realize that there are a lot of writing ideas that happen throughout a regular day.
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
8th grader Jack returned to me after the summer of 2012 with these great entries about his trip to Las Vegas to visit family and have fun. Learn about our summer writing expectations here: http://corbettharrison.com/Summer-Expectations.htm
aligned with Common Core Writing Standards 1 & 2 - I would switch the roof and foundation. I think it makes more sense to build from the bottom up. The topic sentence should be the foundation and the closing sentence should protect your paragraph.
How do you start a topic sentence for an essay Now that you know a little about the basics of writing good topic sentences (and how you can start. With this topic sentence, you, essay writing course, or you.