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Meet Monday Pun-Days!

New for the 2016-17 school year, we establish Mondays as Pun-Days (or Language Fun-Days!).  It's 5-10 minutes to start the week enjoying the language!

At our Teachers Pay Teachers site, we offer a month's worth of teacher-built slides, and then--after they are shown--students are invited to submit their best puns, riddles, and funny language-inspired observations through email so teachers can…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on August 18, 2016 at 7:30am

August's Writing Lesson of the Month is Posted!

The August Lesson of the Month--Writing Like an Artist Paints--is now posted, and I think you'll enjoy the philosophy and the student samples.

At the top of the lesson, you will find previews of the two new products we are releasing this summer.  Enjoy the free…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on July 28, 2016 at 9:58am

Updated Mentor Text Explanatory Document

In preparation for my visit to Texas in two weeks, I decided it was time to update my "Mentor Text Classification Document," which I give permission to anyone to share among teaching colleagues.  Click here to download just the revised classification document, or if you visit…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on July 2, 2016 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

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

You have to have a few lessons that you LOVE to teach in order to love teaching writing.  This month I revised one of my favorite lessons--it's called Transitioning through a Machine--and I invite you to let it become one of the lessons you love to teach...in case…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on June 28, 2016 at 1:30pm

Classroom Writing Routines! How are yours?

I was pleased to see how many of…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on June 18, 2016 at 11:30am

Earn two free Audiobooks this summer! Help our website!

Amazon is generously giving the Always Write and WritingFix websites $5.00 for every free Audible.com trial that our members launch using…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on June 9, 2016 at 7:30am

An Online Writing Traits Class We Recommend!

Looking for a summer learning experience that improves your skills as a writing teacher?  I recommend the following online course, which friend of WritingFix and Always Write--Dennis O'Connor--has helped coordinate this class for many years.  You simply can't maintain a functioning workshop environment for writing if students don't own the vocabulary of writing instruction, and the 6 Traits…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on June 7, 2016 at 7:19am — 1 Comment

June's Writing Lesson of the Month is Posted!

This summer, I will be revising some of my original WritingFix lessons that I have added to over the years, and posting them in "new form" at my website.  For June, I revised and added to the original "Serendipitous Character Names" prompt game I posted over 10 years ago, and I added a new element to it:…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on June 1, 2016 at 3:45pm

May 2016's Writing Lesson of the Month is Posted!

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 "…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on April 30, 2016 at 1:35pm

Last May's Writing Lesson of the Month!

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…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on April 26, 2016 at 9:30am

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Corbett Harrison posted a blog post

Meet Monday Pun-Days!

New for the 2016-17 school year, we establish Mondays as Pun-Days (or Language Fun-Days!).  It's 5-10 minutes to start the week enjoying the language!At our Teachers Pay Teachers site, we offer a month's worth of teacher-built slides, and then--after they are shown--students are invited to submit their best puns, riddles, and funny language-inspired observations through email so teachers can build their own sets of…See More
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Corbett Harrison posted a blog post

August's Writing Lesson of the Month is Posted!

The August Lesson of the Month--Writing Like an Artist Paints--is now posted, and I think you'll enjoy the philosophy and the student samples.At the top of the lesson, you will find previews of the two new products we are releasing this summer.  Enjoy the free preview!See More
Jul 28
Karen L. Koehler commented on Corbett Harrison's blog post Updated Mentor Text Explanatory Document
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Corbett Harrison posted a blog post

Updated Mentor Text Explanatory Document

In preparation for my visit to Texas in two weeks, I decided it was time to update my "Mentor Text Classification Document," which I give permission to anyone to share among teaching colleagues.  Click here to download just the revised classification document, or if you visit our…See More
Jul 2
Corbett Harrison posted a blog post

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

You have to have a few lessons that you LOVE to teach in order to love teaching writing.  This month I revised one of my favorite lessons--it's called Transitioning through a Machine--and I invite you to let it become one of the lessons you love to teach...in case you don't have many of those.…See More
Jun 28
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Classroom Writing Routines! How are yours?

I was pleased to see how many of…See More
Jun 18
Dennis O'Connor commented on Corbett Harrison's blog post An Online Writing Traits Class We Recommend!
"Thanks Corbett, your support is welcome and much appreciated.  Participants in the course have the chance to work with educators from around the world. We share ideas, lessons, insight in a discussion and resource rich environment.  I love…"
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Earn two free Audiobooks this summer! Help our website!

Amazon is generously giving the Always Write and WritingFix websites $5.00 for every free Audible.com trial that our members launch using…See More
Jun 9
Corbett Harrison posted a blog post

An Online Writing Traits Class We Recommend!

Looking for a summer learning experience that improves your skills as a writing teacher?  I recommend the following online course, which friend of WritingFix and Always Write--Dennis O'Connor--has helped coordinate this class for many years.  You simply can't maintain a functioning workshop environment for writing if students don't own the vocabulary of writing instruction, and the 6 Traits have been the academic language of…See More
Jun 7
Corbett Harrison posted a blog post

June's Writing Lesson of the Month is Posted!

This summer, I will be revising some of my original WritingFix lessons that I have added to over the years, and posting them in "new form" at my website.  For June, I revised and added to the original "Serendipitous Character Names" prompt game I posted over 10 years ago, and I added a new element to it: aptronyms.Here is a link…See More
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