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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May 11 = Eat What You Want Day!

Why does Sacred Writing Time (SWT) work?  

See this Sacred Writing Time slide full screen at my Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612673146998/

If you use "Sacred Writing Time" with your own students, tell us why you think it works below.

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on May 10, 2015 at 3:28pm — 17 Comments

May's Writing Lesson of the Month is Posted!

I am sorry to say that this month's lesson's mentor text is not only out of print but our website's users have bought up all the reasonably-priced copies at Amazon.  It feels kind of powerful to sell out a book at Amazon just by posting a lesson.  The good news is that you really don't have to own the book to do…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on April 27, 2015 at 4:31pm

April's Writing Lesson is Posted!

Posting a day early!  Now I am back on track!  This month's lesson has two parts, and you can use one or both...or neither, I suppose, but my students truly love creating their own "anatomy" analysis projects.  This month's lesson is called "Vocabulary and Character Analysis…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on March 31, 2015 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Why WritingFix should be saved! Reason #9

Remember, I was originally a HS writing teacher, and when I discovered how well-written recently-published picture books were quite a few years back now, my whole concept of mentor texts for writing mini-lessons and lessons for writer's notebooks did a 180-degree about face.  I look back at one of WritingFix's best pages --The Picture…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on March 25, 2015 at 4:13pm — 3 Comments

Why WritingFix should be saved! Reason #8...Part 2

We ultimately built 15 different inservice courses for our Northern Nevada teachers when WritingFix was being sponsored by our local chapter of the National Writing Project.  Our primary goal was to post the most popular activities in these classes for teachers online…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on March 20, 2015 at 4:20pm

Why WritingFix should be saved! Reason #8...Part 1

Need an in-service class or a self-paced learning experience focused completely on Narrative Writing for K-12? Here's a worthwhile link from WritingFix to investigate: http://writingfix.com/genres/narrative.htm

WritingFix started out as a lesson and resource repository, the lessons and resources being…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on March 15, 2015 at 7:00pm

Why WritingFix should be saved! Reason #7...

Snap, snap, grin, grin, wink, wink.  Photographs make excellent writing prompts, and WritingFix began a really great online page of picture prompts back in 2009: http://writingfix.com/classroom_tools/picture_prompts.htm



For four great years, before we lost our local sponsorship, students and their teachers took and shared digital photos that they believed would inspire…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on March 7, 2015 at 12:30pm

March's Writing Lesson is Posted!

Two writing tasks--one for a writer's notebook, the other for a writer's workshop--in this month's lesson: http://www.corbettharrison.com/LotM.htm#month  Both inspired by the skill of accurately choosing synonyms that truly mean what you want them to.  Both inspired by the amazing picture book pictured at left.

The…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on March 4, 2015 at 5:00am

Why WritingFix should be saved! Reason #6...

47 Mentor Text-inspired Poetry Lessons: http://writingfix.com/poetry_prompts.htm



One of the most-celebrated annual events sponsored by the NNWP was its Piñon Poetry Festival, which occurred every spring in Northern Nevada.  30 teachers registered, each bringing two of their best student writers, and the three would write…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on February 27, 2015 at 6:30am

Why WritingFix should be saved! Reason #5...

WritingFix features revised and polished student exemplars that were sent to  us by teachers who understand that great lessons are based on adapting a good idea and differentiating it for their own writers--no matter what grade level, no matter what skill level!  Check out this "Student Sample" page for one of…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on February 22, 2015 at 1:43pm

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National Boards? 9 Replies

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Writing- 5th grade

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More than a Number: Listen to this Song 1 Reply

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

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Corbett Harrison commented on Corbett Harrison's blog post April's Writing Lesson is Posted!
"Shared by teacher Julie Cypert This is a Character from Avi's Crispin the Cross of Lead.  Wanted to share it with anyone using this activity in class.  My 7th graders were able to think critically while creating the 10…"
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Dorlicia Young commented on Corbett Harrison's blog post May 11 = Eat What You Want Day!
"I have been a fan of Sacred Writing Time for about two years, but didn't use faithfully until this past semester!  I am the Creative Writing Teacher at my school (elective with no curriculum).  I started this as a way to get the…"
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Lynette Coker commented on Corbett Harrison's blog post May 11 = Eat What You Want Day!
"I have been using Sacred Writing Time (SWT) for the past two years in my classes.  They are beneficial and an important part of my classroom - I was struggling with how to let others know how important it is. Until I read a letter one of my…"
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Nikki Hughson commented on Corbett Harrison's blog post May 11 = Eat What You Want Day!
"I use SWT with my grade 3/4 students for lots of reasons: * its a short writing time, so kids who are apprehensive about writing, love it  * it gives us different ideas about what writing might look like besides a narrative or research…"
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Student developed Sacred Writing Slides

Hi I'm new here, but I loved the idea of having students develop their own Sacred Writing Slides. Not sure if we can share them here, but if we can it would be great to see what students have come up with!  Here's our first student attempt, for May 18th.Nate%27s%20sacred%20writing%20time.pptx…See More
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Julia Brewer commented on Corbett Harrison's blog post May 11 = Eat What You Want Day!
"We've been using SWT in our homeschool co-op for two years now.  Last year we started by giving each student a black faux-leather journal to give our writer's notebook that "sacred" feel.   Those notebooks are now…"
May 17
Joan E. Mueller commented on Corbett Harrison's blog post May 11 = Eat What You Want Day!
"I love SWT. I teach 7th grade in a Lutheran grade school in WI. I started using SWT everyday this year. It greets the children in the morning. I love hearing their comments and then later reading about their commentary of the "Day". Some…"
May 17
Monica Stein commented on Corbett Harrison's blog post May 11 = Eat What You Want Day!
"This is my 3rd year using SWT with great success.  Most of my students value the opportunity for uninterrupted writing time.  Reading the slide aloud to them before they begin to write, will often spark a lively discussion about either the…"
May 17
Kelly Crossan commented on Corbett Harrison's blog post May 11 = Eat What You Want Day!
"This was my first year implementing SWT. I cannot imagine how I ever taught without it! Most of my students (7th grade) absolutely love it. I am so proud of their writing growth.  Their endurance for sustained writing is outstanding. I can…"
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jodi rosekat commented on Corbett Harrison's blog post May 11 = Eat What You Want Day!
"I teach students with receptive and expressive language disabilities, so writing can be a real chore that many of them struggle to complete. However, with SWT slides and lessons, the short and focused lessons and ideas make writing much more…"
May 17
Julie Fite commented on Corbett Harrison's blog post May 11 = Eat What You Want Day!
"Before I started using the SWT slides, the kids sometimes sat for long periods of time trying to think. When you are dealing with younger grades especially, telling them to think of things to write about ahead of time does not work. Now, they read…"
May 17
Julie Cypert commented on Corbett Harrison's blog post May 11 = Eat What You Want Day!
"This is my 29th year teaching English. I started using Sacred Writing Slides this year when I moved to a 6 man school. I teach 7, 8, and 9th grade English with total of about 28 schools. We have Sacred writing time first 10 minutes of class. Kids…"
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