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Crissey imagined artist Lisa Cameron Russell as her neighbor, and wrote her a letter about the style in which she painted her home.  Here's the lesson that inspired this page: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/Pigasso-Mootisse.htm

Crissey imagined artist Lisa Cameron Russell as her neighbor, and wrote her a letter about the style in which she painted her home. Here's the lesson that inspired this page: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/Pigasso-Mootisse.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

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

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

I love how Claire enjoys making word lists during her ten minutes of sacred writing time.

I love how Claire enjoys making word lists during her ten minutes of sacred writing time.

Hannah imagined composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov was her neighbor and had decorated his house in the style of his music.  She wrote a letter to him, complaining about the eyesore.  Here is the lesson that inspired this sample: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/Pigasso-Mootisse.htm

Hannah imagined composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov was her neighbor and had decorated his house in the style of his music. She wrote a letter to him, complaining about the eyesore. Here is the lesson that inspired this sample: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/Pigasso-Mootisse.htm

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

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.

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Always Write: I Keep a Writer's Notebook alongside my Students.

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

Always Write: An Original Writer's Notebook Lesson from Corbett

Always Write: An Original Writer's Notebook Lesson based on the Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown

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Always Write: An Original Writer's Notebook Lesson from Corbett - Start/Stop Poetry

Click image to be taken to our online lesson that features this sample.  Dialogue BAUBLES -- or "speech bubble decorations"--are easy to add to pages in a variety of ways, and they give your notebook/journal more voice...literally.  Try them out!  Click image to visit our resource page.

Always Write: Using Dialogue "Baubles" in your Writer's Notebook

I don't mind videos games when my students write about them in interesting ways.  I once had a student simply write and regurgitate every move you have to make to get through some video game maze, and it was horrible; here, however, Lucas is trying to create his own origin story around a favorite game he plays.  Game on, Lucas!

I don't mind videos games when my students write about them in interesting ways. I once had a student simply write and regurgitate every move you have to make to get through some video game maze, and it was horrible; here, however, Lucas is trying to create his own origin story around a favorite game he plays. Game on, Lucas!

Flow Chart! A lot of magazines publish choice-based "flow charts" now, I've noticed.  "Entertainment Weekly" seems to put one out every month or two now.  Here is Rianna's original flowchart about one of her loves: bacon.  Check out my writer's notebook resources online: http://corbettharrison.com/writers_notebooks.html

Flow Chart! A lot of magazines publish choice-based "flow charts" now, I've noticed. "Entertainment Weekly" seems to put one out every month or two now. Here is Rianna's original flowchart about one of her loves: bacon. Check out my writer's notebook resources online: http://corbettharrison.com/writers_notebooks.html

Always Write: Inventing Collective Nouns...a writer's notebook extra credit challenge.

Always Write: Inventing Collective Nouns.a writer's notebook extra credit challenge.

I liked how Rebekkah's Mr. Stick cartoon here captured two of her vocabulary words from "Animal Farm."  I love it when my students think outside the box.  Check out my vocabulary resources online here: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

I liked how Rebekkah's Mr. Stick cartoon here captured two of her vocabulary words from "Animal Farm." I love it when my students think outside the box. Check out my vocabulary resources online here: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

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