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Here is one of our four winners for 2016's national writer's notebook metaphor contest.  This one comes from Shayna in Ms. Rosenthal's class. "Repin" or "Like" this pin by October 31, 2016.  The student with the most likes and re-pins will earn a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Here is one of our four winners for 2016's national writer's notebook metaphor contest. This one comes from Shayna in Ms. Rosenthal's class. "Repin" or "Like" this pin by October 31, 2016. The student with the most likes and re-pins will earn a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

One of four student metaphor "winners" from our 2015 writer's notebook metaphor contest!  This one came from Will, one of Ms. Shanahan's students, a great writing teacher from Kansas. Click image to see the assignment and learn about our annual notebook metaphor contest!

Sponsor a writer's notebook metaphor contest in your classroom. If you're using writer's notebooks well, you'll end up with some beautiful metaphors to save and share year after year!

One of four student metaphor "winners" from our 2015 writer's notebook metaphor contest!  This one came from Aaron, one of Ms. Stein's students, a great writing teacher from Washington. Click here to see the assignment and learn about our annual notebook metaphor contest: http://corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/Four-Metaphor-Poems.htm#contest

Sponsor a writer's notebook metaphor contest in your classroom. If you're using writer's notebooks well, you'll end up with some beautiful metaphors to save and share year after year!

Here is one of our four winners for 2016's national writer's notebook metaphor contest.  This one comes from Ella in Ms. Murray's class. "Repin" or "Like" this pin by October 31, 2016.  The student with the most likes and re-pins will earn a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Here is one of our four winners for 2016's national writer's notebook metaphor contest. This one comes from Ella in Ms. Murray's class. "Repin" or "Like" this pin by October 31, 2016. The student with the most likes and re-pins will earn a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Sponsor a writer's notebook metaphor contest in your classroom. If you're using writer's notebooks well, you'll end up with some beautiful metaphors to save and share year after year!

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

One of four student metaphor "winners" from our 2014 writer's notebook metaphor contest!  This one came from Lily, one of Ms. Potenzini's students, a great writing teacher from Ohio. Click image to see the assignment and learn about our annual notebook metaphor contest!

Always Write: A Four-Metaphor Poetry Challenge

My wonderful 7th grader, Nate, created this detail-packed metaphor about life and acrobatics!  My awesome aide--Andrea--created the illustration!  Teamwork!

My wonderful grader, Nate, created this detail-packed metaphor about life and acrobatics! My awesome aide--Andrea--created the illustration!

Here is the 2014 "Four-Metaphor Poem" (a great poetry assignment, by the way) I wrote using our four favorite metaphors that were sent to us in 2014.  Here is the lesson link:  http://corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/Four-Metaphor-Poems.htm Click the image to read my four-metaphor poem about writer's notebooks!

Here is the 2014 "Four-Metaphor Poem" (a great poetry assignment, by the way) I wrote using our four favorite metaphors that were sent to us in 2014. Here is the lesson link: http://corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/Four-Metaphor-Poems.htm Click the image to read my four-metaphor poem about writer's notebooks!

One of four student metaphor "winners" from our 2015 writer's notebook metaphor contest!  This one came from Collin, one of Ms. Gruenhagen's students, a great writing teacher from Michigan. Click image to see the assignment and learn about our annual notebook metaphor contest!

Sponsor a writer's notebook metaphor contest in your classroom. If you're using writer's notebooks well, you'll end up with some beautiful metaphors to save and share year after year!

Here is one of our four winners for 2016's national writer's notebook metaphor contest.  This one comes from Ali in Ms. Stein's class. "Repin" or "Like" this pin by October 31, 2016.  The student with the most likes and re-pins will earn a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Here is one of our four winners for 2016's national writer's notebook metaphor contest. This one comes from Ali in Ms. Stein's class. "Repin" or "Like" this pin by October 31, 2016. The student with the most likes and re-pins will earn a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Learning from Classmates: Using Students' Writing as Mentor Texts

Learning from Classmates: Using Students' Writing as Mentor Texts

Writing teacher Tara Smith explains how this book by Lisa Eickholdt influenced her use of students' own pieces as mentor texts.

Always Write: My Writer's Notebook Challenge for September!

Always Write: My Writer's Notebook Challenge for September!

Found this Democracy metaphor written by a past student today!  Wonje, my writer's notebook keeper, was a 7th grader back then; next year, she'll be old enough to actually vote. Happy November 4, everyone!  Be sure to check out this month's "Lesson of the Month," which celebrates metaphors: http://www.corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/Four-Metaphor-Poems.htm

Found this Democracy metaphor written by a past student today! Wonje, my writer's notebook keeper, was a 7th grader back then; next year, she'll be old enough to actually vote. Happy November 4, everyone! Be sure to check out this month's "Lesson of the Month," which celebrates metaphors: http://www.corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/Four-Metaphor-Poems.htm

iTeach Fifth: 5th Grade Teaching Resources: Keeping a Writer's Notebook in the Intermediate Classroom

iTeach Fifth: Grade Teaching Resources: Keeping a Writer's Notebook in the Intermediate Classroom. A journal prompt for every day in a month!

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