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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

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

Why WritingFix should be saved! Reason #4...

I Pod?  You Pod?  He Pod?  She Pod?  Actually...We all "Pod" in Northern Nevada!

WritingFix's Song Lyrics as "Mentor Texts" lesson collection link: http://writingfix.com/ipod_prompts.htm

One of our best teacher-built online projects that now resides at WritingFix was funded by our district's own…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on February 20, 2015 at 6:00am

Why WritingFix should be saved! Reason #3...

Most of the lessons at WritingFix promote the entire writing process, not just a rough draft followed by a final draft, which is what I see when I observe most writing lessons in schools I'm invited to visit.  The missing "in between steps" of the process that I rarely see are peer response, revision, and…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on February 16, 2015 at 7:00am

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Writing Exchange

Started by Bill Feaver on Thursday.

Student work

Started by Mary Angelo-Moi Nov 30, 2014.

National Boards? 9 Replies

Started by Ellen Ferrin. Last reply by G Coston Oct 22, 2014.

Scheduling 2 Replies

Started by Christina Terranova. Last reply by Corbett Harrison Aug 24, 2014.

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

Started by Cece Meyer. Last reply by Corbett Harrison Jul 29, 2014.

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.

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Writing Exchange

A friend of mind and I both teach in juvenile halls... Scott is in Butte County, CA and I am in Fresno County, CA. We have a writing exchange and post student work on a blog. Names are not given for legal reasons and because the students reveal personal things about themselves. We have been posting our our blog for several years with great buy-in from the students. Scott and I develop over the summer the prompts for each month of school for the coming year. The students write to the prompt…See More
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Jacqueline Rodriguez replied to Jennifer Fowler's discussion Classroom Novels in the group In the Middle (School)
"I teach 6th and 8th grade. 6th grade novels- Freak the Mighty, The Giver, Number the Stars, The Toothpaste Millionaire 8th grade novels - Of Mice and Men, The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, Macbeth"
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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…See More
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Corbett Harrison commented on Corbett Harrison's blog post Why WritingFix should be saved! Reason #9
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Susan Pico commented on Corbett Harrison's blog post Why WritingFix should be saved! Reason #9
"Oh, I thought I was just posting a note to you. Didn't know it would print. Please take it down, as I printed words from a book."
Mar 30
Susan Pico commented on Corbett Harrison's blog post Why WritingFix should be saved! Reason #9
"Hi Corbett, Simply said....I hated writing! That was, until I found your website a few years ago. I decided it would be for my students' best interest to do a few of your lessons. That's when I found out how much I liked writing... me…"
Mar 30
Corbett Harrison posted a blog post

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 Books as…See More
Mar 25
Corbett Harrison posted a blog post

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 so they could…See More
Mar 20
Angel Hinson replied to Corbett Harrison's discussion Call for Original Post-it Notes from Teachers! in the group Deeper with Bloom's Taxonomy
"Many of my ESOL students need reminding of the definition of the parts of speech. I have developed sticky notes to help remind them. We place them in their writer's notebooks for future reference."
Mar 16
Corbett Harrison posted a blog post

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.htmWritingFix started out as a lesson and resource repository, the lessons and resources being designed by teachers attending Northern Nevada…See More
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