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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"Beefing Up" expectations behind the old acrostic writing task...

...that we all probably use from time to time. For the sake of differentiation, I am trying to build several student-choice options as my students will review VERBS for what will become February's "Writing Lesson of the Month."  AT present, I am really pleased with the teacher model you see here that I…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on January 18, 2015 at 2:00pm

Verb Review Writer's Notebook Challenge!

What I love to do with our writer's notebook time is challenge my students to play with language and words!   I always say two things about "Sacred Writing Time:" 1) Your pencil should be dancing and 2) SWT is 'recess' for your words and ideas...so play!

I think my newest writer's notebook…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on January 11, 2015 at 2:30pm

January's Writing Lesson is Posted!

This month's lesson is called "Creating a phone app based on a new vocabulary word."  Click here (or on the image at left) to access it.

If you have any creative student samples after teaching this lesson that you'd like to share, you may post them in the reply box…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on January 4, 2015 at 5:30pm

December's Writing Lesson of the Month is Posted!

Click on the image at right to immediately access the lesson of the month for December of 2014.

My wife Dena finalized her 25-activity Reading Bingo Cards last summer (July of 2013), and ever since, we have both been creating variations of most of the original writing tasks.  One of our students' favorite activities from the Bingo card requires students to create an imaginary iPod…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on December 1, 2014 at 7:30pm

November's Lesson of the Month is Posted!

"Four Metaphor Poems" -- inspired by my teaching colleague and NNWP friend Holly Esposito--is this month's "Lesson of the Month."

Click here or on the book cover to access the…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on November 4, 2014 at 3:59pm

My Teacher Model: A Four Metaphor Poem!

So back in September, we announced a "Writer's Notebook Metaphor Contest," and we received numerous, thoughtful entries.  I had a secret plan in mind when I created that contest, which I shall now reveal.

I knew our "November Lesson of the Month" was going to be a Common Core "re-vamping" of an awesome poetry lesson originally written my NNWP…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on October 25, 2014 at 4:00pm

Great Tool for Discussing Metaphors & Similes!



I'm putting finishing touches on November's "Lesson of the Month," which focuses on metaphors, and I became very excited by the discussion tool we created to discuss those metaphors.

The entire lesson will come out on November 1, but I wanted to share the discussion tool that is…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on October 22, 2014 at 6:00am

October's Lesson of the Month is Posted!

Click here (or on the cover of the book) to access the lesson of the month as well as the other three new features this year I am contributing: 1) a favorite page from my writer's notebook, 2) a Vocabulary Idea of the Month, and 3) a Sacred Writing Slide prompt of the Month.

The lesson of the month showcases…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on September 28, 2014 at 2:18pm

September 19: Write Like a Pirate Day!

If you're using our SWT Slides, you know today is "Talk Like a Pirate Day!" For sacred writing time today, challenge them to "Write Like a Pirate!"  If you receive any charming samples, feel free to post them (as photos or scans)…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on September 19, 2014 at 6:04am

Writer's Notebook Metaphor Contest!

After spending the first few weeks toying with the concept of what a writer's notebook is, I  like to have my students create original metaphors for their notebooks.  I'd like to see other teachers try the same thing because you end up with some unique ideas from your kiddos' figurative brains.  So we are hosting a…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on September 19, 2014 at 5:30am

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Scheduling 2 Replies

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

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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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THis is an wonderful idea! 1 Reply

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"Beefing Up" expectations behind the old acrostic writing task...

...that we all probably use from time to time. For the sake of differentiation, I am trying to build several student-choice options as my students will review VERBS for what will become February's "Writing Lesson of the Month."  AT present, I am really pleased with the teacher model you see here that I just finalized this…See More
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Verb Review Writer's Notebook Challenge!

What I love to do with our writer's notebook time is challenge my students to play with language and words!   I always say two things about "Sacred Writing Time:" 1) Your pencil should be dancing and 2) SWT is 'recess' for your words and ideas...so play!I think my newest writer's notebook challenge--which I created…See More
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January's Writing Lesson is Posted!

This month's lesson is called "Creating a phone app based on a new vocabulary word."  Click here (or on the image at left) to access it.If you have any creative student samples after teaching this lesson that you'd like to share, you may post them in the reply box below.Hope you have a great New Year, all!See More
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December's Writing Lesson of the Month is Posted!

Click on the image at right to immediately access the lesson of the month for December of 2014.My wife Dena finalized her 25-activity Reading Bingo Cards last summer (July of 2013), and ever since, we have both been creating variations of most of the original writing tasks.  One of our students' favorite activities from the Bingo card requires students to create an imaginary iPod playlist inspired by a book…See More
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November's Lesson of the Month is Posted!

"Four Metaphor Poems" -- inspired by my teaching colleague and NNWP friend Holly Esposito--is this month's "Lesson of the Month."Click here or on the book cover to access the lesson.The lesson comes with a…See More
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