...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.
This March, our Vocabulary Haiku lesson inspired us to create a new contest we plan to sponsor annually every spring at our website. The objective of the challenge has students use a new-to-them vocabulary word in a seventeen-syllable haiku that is about nature. This year we had dozens and dozens of great submissions from teachers from 3rd grade - 9th grade.
Between May 1…Continue
Posted by Corbett Harrison on May 7, 2016 at 1:30pm
As part of our bi-weekly Vocabulary Workshop, my students create small pieces of thoughtful writing around new tier-2 vocabulary they find in our readings and want to know and use. A few years back, when I invited my 8th graders to create new vocabulary writing activities, one that they came up with was "…Continue
Posted by Corbett Harrison on April 30, 2016 at 1:35pm
Just a reminder that last May we put out what became a popular Mother's Day Writing Lesson in many classrooms. The assignment/writing task can also certainly become a piece of "tribute" writing for anyone/thing that is special to you; for instance, my wife (Dena) and I used the format to write a list of 'job descriptions' for a colleague who was…Continue
Posted by Corbett Harrison on April 26, 2016 at 9:30am
Posted by Corbett Harrison on March 31, 2016 at 4:56pm
Posted by Corbett Harrison on March 14, 2016 at 1:15pm
Posted by Corbett Harrison on March 1, 2016 at 10:34am
If your students are like my students at all, they enjoy it when I set aside a special day for writing. We have Pi Day in math class and our bi-monthly writer's workshop days in my class, but I'm talking about a special "theme day," where we prepare ahead of time and then spend a day doing writing that simply pleases us. I might bring out a poem or an essay to use as a mentor text for the day,…Continue
Posted by Corbett Harrison on February 4, 2016 at 7:10am
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