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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We don't want you to buy anything from us blindly; we want you to be able to see what you're getting with a chance to use it with your students to see if they respond to it.

That said, our Free Previews are intended to be tried at the beginning of the school year.  Here are direct links to our…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on August 19, 2015 at 7:30am

August's Writing Lesson of the Month is Posted!

Alpha-Genres is back!  With some great improvements and ideas for variations.

Here is the direct link to this month's freely featured lesson:…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on August 6, 2015 at 7:00pm

Finally! A Sneak Preview of our new Vocab/Grammar Grouping Cards!

There is now a sneak preview now available of one of the twenty-one card sets that will make up this new product, which is designed to randomly group your class into groups of three or four and provide them with a transitional grammar or vocabulary-inspired Common Core activity to complete before they do a daily…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on July 23, 2015 at 8:42am

Announcing a August - December Contest for your Students!

In their first week of being on-sale, we have already sold almost 100 sets of our newest product: Tier-2 Vocabulary Quick Poems intended to improve student vocabulary for class discussions and Socratic Seminars.  Thanks for your continued trust in our…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on July 17, 2015 at 1:00pm

July's "Writing Lesson of the Month" is Posted--Finally!

Lesson link: Tweeted Anecdotes

I honestly believe you get more buy-in from your students when you make your lessons relevant to their modern technology.  This lesson--inspired by Twitter--asks students to pre-write a story using only 140-characters, then expand on their…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on July 17, 2015 at 12:56pm

Jodie Black takes on writing genres for K-2 with her newest print guide!

All right, I am just going to say it: I LOVE having Jodie Black (http://www.teacherjodieblack.com/) as my friend and colleague.  Personally, I can--with a fair degree of skill--independently adapt most of my best writing lessons to be appropriate for 3rd-12th graders, but those K-2 writers are just not my area of expertise.…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on June 20, 2015 at 1:00pm

New Book: "Help Wanted at Mount Vernon"--math and history writing across the curriculum possibilities!

You know, I am so amazed when I look think and realize how many TALENTED people I have been fortunate enough to work alongside in my 25 years in education.  I'm going to brag in this post about two amazing sisters I have known and am proud to call my friends as well as…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on June 20, 2015 at 12:30pm

June's Writing Lesson of the Month is Posted!

Our free-to-use June writing lesson of the month is posted here.



Inspired by the very first complete writing lesson I posted at the WritingFix website in 2003, this lesson shares a variety of adaptations I have made over the years since first posting it.  I genuinely still…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on May 30, 2015 at 2:51pm

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.

--Corbett &…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on May 10, 2015 at 3:28pm — 18 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

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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

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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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Peer Conferencing 29 Replies

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

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THis is an wonderful idea! 1 Reply

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Finally! A Sneak Preview of our new Vocab/Grammar Grouping Cards!

There is now a sneak preview now available of one of the twenty-one card sets that will make up this new product, which is designed to randomly group your class into groups of three or four and provide them with a transitional grammar or vocabulary-inspired Common Core activity to complete before they do a daily lesson from the…See More
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