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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

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

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

My very first attempt at a fortune cookie comic -- where one of the dialogue bubbles is a fortune from an actual cookie.  I show off my better attempts at our online lesson write-up: http://corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/Fortune-Cookie-Sentences.htm#comic

My very first attempt at a fortune cookie comic -- where one of the dialogue bubbles is a fortune from an actual cookie. I show off my better attempts at our online lesson write-up: http://corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/Fortune-Cookie-Sentences.htm#comic

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.

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

Setting up a cover page for our new "Vocabulary Collection" section in our interactive notebooks.  I hope I can push my students to metaphorical thinking with this one!  Here's a direct link to this lesson: http://corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/Boy-Who-Loved-Words.htm

Always Write: A Writer's Notebook Lesson and Teacher Model! I think that kids generally like words, the weirder the better. This website has great ideas for ways that students can keep their collection of words.

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

Students list abstract nouns which they will use later to generate concrete images.  An Original Writer's Notebook Lesson from Corbett

Might be good for social skills lesson with my alternative school kids. Students list abstract nouns which they will use later to generate concrete images. An Original Writer's Notebook Lesson from Corbett

Free Writing Mini Lesson 16- developing a setting in the introduction.  Designed by Rockin Resources

Writing Mini Lesson #16- Writing an Introduction for a Narrative Essay

Free Writing Mini Lesson developing a setting in the introduction. Designed by Rockin Resources

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!

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