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2016's Best Writer's Notebook Metaphors!

Thanks to all the teachers who submitted entries in our annual Notebook Metaphor Contest this year!  It was tough narrowing it down to four winners, but we did it.  Over October, I will be using these students' entries to inspire another Four-Metaphor Poem about Writer's Notebooks to post at the website.

To make sure these four great metaphors get seen by lots…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on October 6, 2016 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

October's Writing Lesson of the Month is Posted!

This month's writing lesson of the month--WORD ART--is a vocabulary-based writing strategy that is one of my students' weekly options for showing me they can think about tier-2 vocabulary words in new contexts.  

My past students proposed this idea a few years back, and this is the first…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on September 27, 2016 at 10:33am

September's Lesson of the Month is Posted!

September's Lesson of the Month is called The Worst School Picture Day Ever... and it's inspired by three different mentor texts.

This lesson is 100% adaptable.  You can use just one or two of the mentor texts, or you can have your kids only have two or three things happen to them before…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on August 27, 2016 at 3:00pm

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

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Annette Vick Easton replied to Publishing Voice's discussion Publish "Start & Stop Poems" here! in the group Online Student Publishing
"These are several "Start and Stop Poems from my eighth-grade creative writing class at Bullitt Lick Middle School (sadly, I only have them for nine weeks on a rotating unified arts schedule!). "
Nov 2
Julie Cypert commented on Corbett Harrison's blog post 2016's Best Writer's Notebook Metaphors!
"These are such creative writers.  I will share them proudly with my students.  Thank so enjoyed participating in this Writer's Notebook Metaphor Contest.    Julie Cypert                                                                                …"
Oct 10
Corbett Harrison posted a blog post

2016's Best Writer's Notebook Metaphors!

Thanks to all the teachers who submitted entries in our annual Notebook Metaphor Contest this year!  It was tough narrowing it down to four winners, but we did it.  Over October, I will be using these students' entries to inspire another Four-Metaphor Poem about Writer's Notebooks to post at the website.To make sure these four great metaphors get seen by lots of students in classrooms across…See More
Oct 6
Tama Trotti replied to Publishing Voice's discussion Publish "Floating Down a River" Stories in the group Online Student Publishing
"Kenya - third grade Once upon a time I was floating down a river in Jamaica. I saw an elektrik eel. It was swimming around. Then I saw a black and blue crockadile. It was walking on the side of the river bank. After that, I saw a big fish. It was…"
Oct 3
Tama Trotti replied to Publishing Voice's discussion Publish "Floating Down a River" Stories in the group Online Student Publishing
"Hang - third grade"
Oct 3
Tama Trotti replied to Publishing Voice's discussion Publish "Floating Down a River" Stories in the group Online Student Publishing
"Gay Wah  - third grade I float down the river in China and I see the panda. He eats bamboo because the panda look to me and the Panda eat and eat. Then the panda went back home. The next animal is a fish, but the fish was not happy because the…"
Oct 3
Corbett Harrison posted a blog post

October's Writing Lesson of the Month is Posted!

This month's writing lesson of the month--WORD ART--is a vocabulary-based writing strategy that is one of my students' weekly options for showing me they can think about tier-2 vocabulary words in new contexts.  My past students proposed this idea a few years back, and this is the first year I am allowing it as an option from the…See More
Sep 27
Corbett Harrison replied to Corbett Harrison's discussion Vocabulary Word Art -- Hall of Fame! in the group Vocabulary Collectors!
" Kendall--7th grade--created this great word art example for the word VIGIL."
Sep 27
Corbett Harrison replied to Corbett Harrison's discussion Vocabulary Word Art -- Hall of Fame! in the group Vocabulary Collectors!
" 8th grader--Audrey--created this example for the word TAUT, and I've always loved the details and ideas represented.  She thought about the word in many contexts."
Sep 27
Corbett Harrison added a discussion to the group Vocabulary Collectors!
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Vocabulary Word Art -- Hall of Fame!

If you were inspired by our October 2016 Lesson of the Month--Word Art--and had a student who created a really great poster to share, we hope you'll consider sharing it here.  You can photograph or scan your student's work (please don't share anything more than your student's first name for Internet safety…See More
Sep 27
Monica Stein replied to Corbett Harrison's discussion Sausage Sentences: Hall of Fame in the group Vocabulary Collectors!
"This was my 7th grader, Lynna's stellar sausage sentence. (I wasn't aware I could be so alliterative.) I like that her sentence really illustrates her understanding of the word's meaning. "
Sep 21
Corbett Harrison posted a blog post

September's Lesson of the Month is Posted!

September's Lesson of the Month is called The Worst School Picture Day Ever... and it's inspired by three different mentor texts.This lesson is 100% adaptable.  You can use just one or two of the mentor texts, or you can have your kids only have two or three things happen to them before their WORST SCHOOL PICTURE EVER.If your…See More
Aug 27

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