...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.
Posted by Corbett Harrison on July 29, 2014 at 10:00am
I'm trying to get ahead and post August's lesson in late July for two good reasons: Our wedding anniversary is August 1, and Dena doesn't allow me to work on the computer that day, and---yikes!--school starts up…Continue
Posted by Corbett Harrison on July 24, 2014 at 3:16pm
If you haven't heard, my friend Sue Gonyou created her own set of Sacred Writing Time-like slides for his history and social studies classes. Sue uses these slides to create discussions between partners and group members as she transitions from activity to activity in her always-busy classroom. You can order Sue's 366 slides at this…Continue
Posted by Corbett Harrison on July 1, 2014 at 5:00am
Click the slide at right to see the rest of June's national holidays and our writing prompt suggestions.
I particularly like the three-word sentence challenge that only allows you to use compound words; I might have to turn that into a grammar lesson/writing challenge.
Here's another: Cowboys whitewash…Continue
Posted by Corbett Harrison on June 27, 2014 at 8:00am
Posted by Corbett Harrison on June 25, 2014 at 9:00am
This March, my eighth graders invented five new vocabulary/writing activities because "They were tired of Mr. Harrison's 10 activities." I do require my students to 'publish' four new-to-them vocabulary words every week, and they have my ten vocabulary/writing activities they can choose from;…Continue
Posted by Corbett Harrison on June 24, 2014 at 2:04pm
In spring of 2013, I revised a really old lesson idea of mine, and I used it as my lesson of the month here at the ning. I called it Ridiculous Essays. It was so much fun, and it got so much "buzz" from my students (I teach 6th-8th), that this year's batch of 8th graders started asking when they…Continue
Posted by Corbett Harrison on June 24, 2014 at 1:30pm
Posted by Corbett Harrison on June 23, 2014 at 1:30pm
Now finishing its fourth year as a weekly routine in my classroom, my Vocabulary Collecting/Writing Expectations have definitely blossomed into one of the BEST original strategies I've ever designed to complement my own reading/writing curriculum. It's also Common Core-friendly, so--take that, Common…Continue
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