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Leap Day Writing Ideas?

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,…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on February 11, 2016 at 11:50am — 2 Comments

Happy Presidents' Day! February's Lesson is Posted!

Check out Historical Tour Guide Scripts, February's Writing Lesson of the Month!  

Celebrate George Washington with your students with a charming picture book, and my teacher model of a tour guide script that examines the stairwell of the Washington Monument.

If your students write a…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on February 4, 2016 at 7:10am

Happy New Year! January's lesson is posted!

The halfway point (or thereabouts) is a perfect time to establish or reinforce some academic goals to work on for the second half of the semester.  January's Lesson of the Month--Establishing Writing Resolutions & Goals--does just that!

First, in small…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on January 10, 2016 at 3:46pm

December's Writing Lesson of the Month is Posted!

This is our 40th Lesson of the Month at "Always Write!"  It's called Community of Writers = Neighbors Who Talk, and it's inspired by one of the best picture books: Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore.

I'm doing something a bit different this month; instead of a lesson from start to finish, I…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on December 8, 2015 at 7:00am

Turkey-inspired Rhetorical Triangles! Due this Friday (11/20)...

Wow, we're receiving some thoughtful and elaborate examples of teachers who used our Lesson of the Month for November!  

Thanks to teacher Michigan 5th and 6th grade teacher--Heather…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on November 15, 2015 at 12:40pm

Four Winning Notebook Metaphors for 2015

Vote for your favorite of the following four student-submitted metaphors for our 2015 contest!   One of these excellent writer's notebook keepers will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card for the holidays.  Vote by midnight, November 30, 2015.  

Click the thumbnail image at right to see the poem these four students' metaphors inspired

Here are the four…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on November 8, 2015 at 8:00am

November's Writing Lesson of the Month is Posted!

Posting quickly while my students are off researching in the library!  They're researching the health benefits and hazards of eating turkey, which is preparation for this month's lesson of the month: The RheTURKical Triangle!

Here is the direct link to…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on November 2, 2015 at 8:00am

October's Writing Lesson of the Month is Posted!

October's writing lesson of the month--"Life is a Cookbook"-- is actually the center-square lesson from our October Writer's Notebook Bingo Card.  The free preview of that product ended yesterday, and this month's lesson is a reminder of the importance of helping students find creative ways to express…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on October 1, 2015 at 9:39am — 1 Comment

Writer's Notebook Metaphor Contest! Due October 2...

If our website's lessons, ideas, and prompts have turned you into a teacher who believes in the power of writer's notebooks, then we hope you'll take advantage of our second annual "Writer's Notebook Metaphor Contest."

How to enter your students' best…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on September 18, 2015 at 10:52am

Alpha Student Activity

I took the Alpha Genre Writing activity and created an idea to get to know more deeply my students I've had more than one year.  

It is called Alpha…

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Posted by Julie Cypert on September 7, 2015 at 9:00am

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Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

Started by Connie George on Wednesday.

Writing Exchange

Started by Bill Feaver Apr 23, 2015.

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.

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Patricia Emerson commented on Corbett Harrison's blog post Leap Day Writing Ideas?
"I think it'd be awesome to do a persuasive piece arguing for something extraordinary, some "leap of faith."  I think it'd be cool, too, to present it to the class, so maybe partner kids and have them create an advertisement,…"
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Tina commented on Corbett Harrison's blog post Leap Day Writing Ideas?
"Frogs leap. We take a leap of faith when we do something scary or challenge the unknown. I could list quite a few 'leaps of faith' I have taken: underwater caving, abseiling, flying under a cushion of air poetry writing would be easy.…"
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Leap Day Writing Ideas?

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, but then the students…See More
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Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

Is it still possible to add student samples to this writing prompt on WritingFix.com?  It was a good educational experience for our middle school choir last fall around Veteran's Day.See More
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Happy Presidents' Day! February's Lesson is Posted!

Check out Historical Tour Guide Scripts, February's Writing Lesson of the Month!  Celebrate George Washington with your students with a charming picture book, and my teacher model of a tour guide script that examines the stairwell of the Washington Monument.If your students write a historical tour guide script inspired by the…See More
Feb 4
Corbett Harrison posted a blog post

Happy New Year! January's lesson is posted!

The halfway point (or thereabouts) is a perfect time to establish or reinforce some academic goals to work on for the second half of the semester.  January's Lesson of the Month--Establishing Writing Resolutions & Goals--does just that!First, in small groups, students establish some alphabetical and…See More
Jan 10
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December's Writing Lesson of the Month is Posted!

This is our 40th Lesson of the Month at "Always Write!"  It's called Community of Writers = Neighbors Who Talk, and it's inspired by one of the best picture books: Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore.I'm doing something a bit different this month; instead of a lesson from start to finish, I am including three resources…See More
Dec 8, 2015
Patricia Gallagan commented on Corbett Harrison's blog post May 11 = Eat What You Want Day!
"Even though I have only been able to use the slides three days a week, my students really love them! I have read many responses to the prompts and each one is great! Some of my students have even done additional research based on something they read…"
Nov 29, 2015
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Alpha Student Activity

I took the Alpha Genre Writing activity and created an idea to get to know more deeply my students I've had more than one year.  It is called Alpha Student--requires students to create an A-Z of their…See More
Nov 15, 2015

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