Writing Lesson of the Month Network

...sharing thoughtful, mentor text-inspired lessons your students will love!

Once a month, I'll send you a Common Core-friendly writing lesson (inspired by WritingFix) and a writer's notebook idea from my own website.

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September 19: Write Like a Pirate Day!

If you're using our SWT Slides, you know today is "Talk Like a Pirate Day!" For sacred writing time today, challenge them to "Write Like a Pirate!"  If you receive any charming samples, feel free to post them (as photos or scans)…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on September 19, 2014 at 6:04am

Writer's Notebook Metaphor Contest!

After spending the first few weeks toying with the concept of what a writer's notebook is, I  like to have my students create original metaphors for their notebooks.  I'd like to see other teachers try the same thing because you end up with some unique ideas from your kiddos' figurative brains.  So we are hosting a…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on September 19, 2014 at 5:30am

September's Lesson of the Month is Posted!

September's Writing Lesson of the Month -- Heart Parks -- completes a trilogy we started back in 2012.  Now there are three different options for students to celebrate their individuality in mural form (with writing attached) while talking…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on September 1, 2014 at 7:00pm

New Vocabulary Resource Page -- It's Finalized!

Last school year, I admittedly had the best year so far with my "Vocabulary Collecting" workshop.  My kids' samples--especially during the second semester--just floored me with the sophisticated writing skills the…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on July 29, 2014 at 10:00am

August's Writing Lesson of the Month is Posted!

If you have PowerPoint, you can download the PPT version of this month's lesson by clicking on the thumbnail of the PowerPoint slide at right.

I'm trying to get ahead and post August's lesson in late July for two good reasons: Our wedding anniversary is August 1, and Dena doesn't allow me to work on the computer that day, and---yikes!--school starts up…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on July 24, 2014 at 3:16pm

July's "Writing Lesson of the Month" is Posted

Remember Goofus & Gallant?  They serve as a "mentor text" for my Writing Lesson of the Month for July, which has been posted at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/LotM.htm  I taught this lesson in the last few weeks of this past…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on July 1, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Sue Gonyou's "Time Transitions in History" Slides

If you haven't heard, my friend Sue Gonyou created her own set of Sacred Writing Time-like slides for his history and social studies classes.  Sue uses these slides to create discussions between partners and group members as she transitions from activity to activity in her always-busy classroom.  You can order Sue's 366 slides at this…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on July 1, 2014 at 5:00am

June 27th: Happy Sunglasses Day!

Also, it's my amazing wife's birthday.  

Click the slide at right to see the rest of June's national holidays and our writing prompt suggestions.

I particularly like the three-word sentence challenge that only allows you to use compound words; I might have to turn that into a grammar lesson/writing challenge.

Here's another: Cowboys whitewash…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on June 27, 2014 at 8:00am

June's Writing Resource of the Month: June 16-30 Sacred Writing Slides!

Happy National Catfish Day, everyone.



Teaching summer school?



Teaching in the southern hemisphere?



Would you just like having a Sacred Writing Time slide for every day of the year, not just the days in the traditional American…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on June 25, 2014 at 9:00am

Introducing WORD ART...a vocabulary activity invented by my students!

This March, my eighth graders invented five new vocabulary/writing activities because "They were tired of Mr. Harrison's 10 activities."  I do require my students to 'publish' four new-to-them vocabulary words every week, and they have my ten vocabulary/writing activities they can choose from;…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on June 24, 2014 at 2:04pm

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Scheduling 2 Replies

Started by Christina Terranova. Last reply by Corbett Harrison Aug 24.

Any great ideas for the first week of school? 3 Replies

Started by Cece Meyer. Last reply by Corbett Harrison Jul 29.

Writing- 5th grade

Started by Kristin Schroeder Jul 14, 2013.

More than a Number: Listen to this Song 1 Reply

Started by Barry Lane. Last reply by Carol Stephen Feb 10, 2013.

Peer Conferencing 29 Replies

Started by Sally Ann Root. Last reply by Sharon Miles Nov 4, 2012.

Writing Topics -- Teacher or Student Choice?! 4 Replies

Started by Donna Coombs. Last reply by Lynn Saavedra Aug 27, 2012.

THis is an wonderful idea! 1 Reply

Started by Nancy Nickerson. Last reply by Rita Moltzan May 29, 2012.

picture books for figurative lang 25 Replies

Started by Brenda. Last reply by regina Dunn May 22, 2012.

Would Welcome Input for New Graphic Comic Modules for Girls

Started by William Zimmerman Apr 15, 2012.

Mathamatickles

Started by Ashe Apr 2, 2012.

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Hope Smith replied to Publishing Voice's discussion Publish "Top Secret Rule Reasons" descriptions here! in the group Online Student Publishing
"Gavin, 6th grader Grown-up Rule # 4,444: Don't play with your food. Official Reason: It's disgusting. Real Reason: Your food will come to life and go on a rampage throughout the city. Now children, please don't fiddle with your food,…"
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Hope Smith replied to Publishing Voice's discussion Publish "Top Secret Rule Reasons" descriptions here! in the group Online Student Publishing
"Emma, 6th grader Rule #44: Don't touch the windows. Official Reason: It will smudge. Real Reason: Your house will flood. When you touch the windows with your grubby mitts covered in who-knows-what, the window is utterly disgusted and simply…"
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Hope Smith replied to Publishing Voice's discussion Publish "Top Secret Rule Reasons" descriptions here! in the group Online Student Publishing
"Gracen, 6th grader Grown Up Rule # 14: Don't eat your boogers. Official reason: it spreads germs, but the real reason will make you squirm. Are your ready to hear, the grown up secrets that are quite queer? Well here is the truth, parents…"
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Jodi Rund replied to Publishing Voice's discussion Publish "Personified Punctuation" descriptions here! in the group Online Student Publishing
"Hello, Here are two of my sixth graders' samples! Mrs. Rund"
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September's Lesson of the Month is Posted!

September's Writing Lesson of the Month -- Heart Parks -- completes a trilogy we started back in 2012.  Now there are three different options for students to celebrate their individuality in mural form (with writing attached) while talking about their HEADS, HANDS, or HEARTS.…See More
Sep 1
Corbett Harrison replied to Christina Terranova's discussion Scheduling
"How about for the other 45 minutes?  I only have them for 15 more minutes every OTHER day, and we get all that stuff in...plus we almost all pass our 8th grade writing test."
Aug 24
Melissa replied to Christina Terranova's discussion Scheduling
"I would like help too! I get my kids for 55 minutes each day. All I know is I will start with the 10 minute write. But when to do grammar , writing, core novels???"
Aug 19
Corbett Harrison replied to Cece Meyer's discussion Any great ideas for the first week of school?
"I love my "Giving Hands/Taking Hands" lesson for the first week of school: http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/Giving-Hands-and-Taking-Hands.htm The year before, we did the "Presenting Me!"…"
Jul 29
Corbett Harrison posted a blog post

New Vocabulary Resource Page -- It's Finalized!

Last school year, I admittedly had the best year so far with my "Vocabulary Collecting" workshop.  My kids' samples--especially during the second semester--just floored me with the sophisticated writing skills the kids were showing and…See More
Jul 29
Corbett Harrison replied to Corbett Harrison's discussion Vocabulary Showing Sentences: Hall of Famers! in the group Vocabulary Collectors!
"Victoria (8th) wrote this showing sentence using lethargic.   "
Jul 27
Corbett Harrison replied to Corbett Harrison's discussion Vocabulary Showing Sentences: Hall of Famers! in the group Vocabulary Collectors!
"Tyler (7th grade) did a good job with his word epaulets. "
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