Writing Lesson of the Month Network

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Here's a special posting page for teachers who have subscribed to our "Common Core-Friendly Vocabulary & Writing Lessons," which you can read about online at my website:  http://corbettharrison.com/products.html#vocab

Here's an open invitation to teachers using my Vocabulary Collecting resources to photograph and share your students' best "Vocabulary Haikus."

As I explain to my wonderful students, a well-designed Vocabulary Cartoon puts the vocabulary word they are collecting into nature-inspired context that can be captured in a simple poem.  In the haiku, the student must must the vocabulary word correctly!  

If you have an awesome student-submitted "Vocabulary Haiku," I invite you to post it here in the reply box below.  I hope to create an amazing online collection of Vocabulary-inspired Haikus from all over the country...and world...with this invitation.  Please share.

If you don't see the "Reply to This" box below this posting, be sure you have clicked on the "+Join Vocabulary Collectors" link in the upper right-hand corner of this screen.  

I look forward to helping you celebrate your writers by having a place to post their haikus.  Please don't post last names, and please don't post any information about your students that might compromise their Internet safety.  THANKS in advance.

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6th grader Luke is making great use of my online vocabulary collecting form (http://corbettharrison.com/documents/VOCAB/Harrison-Weekly-Vocabula...) so that I am not subjected to his difficult-to-read handwriting.  He made an interesting nature-based context for his haiku too.  We found this word in a non-fiction article we are reading to learn more about the Russian Revolution because we are reading Animal Farm.

Patrick is one of my boys who refuses to make his vocabulary collection visually "pretty," like some of his eighth grade classmates do.  This is a great haiku that shows me that "pretty" can come from just the words too, Patrick.

Loved this simple haiku about fall from 8th grader Hannah...

Here's another of my 8th grade boys (Joseph) who doesn't like to be very visual with his vocabulary, and he more than makes up for it with powerfully chosen words.

Christina Terranova said: Sixth grader Jenny wrote a beautifully sparse Haiku to demonstrate the meaning of 'catastrophe'.

Christina Terranova said: Sixth grade Josandy did a great job using punctuation creatively in this Haiku about the word "Sentimental" from the book The Mark of Athena.

Christina Terranova said: Tsewang in grade 6 found the perfect words and image to fit her word 'grungy'.

I'm not sure Michael found the correct definition of sycamore as it was used in Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson, which we are reading as class; the fact, however, that he resurrected the word lackadaisical from a previous vocabulary list is worthy of discussion, I think.

My vocabulary haiku expectation is they must link the word somehow to the natural world, to the wilderness...they must create a context in doing so, which is the point for my kids: to make an association, which is higher-level thinking in my classroom.  Here Natalie (7th grade) makes an interesting comparison to nature with the word gallows from our class novel, Chains.

This is from a very artistically talented 7th grader.

Another one from one of my 7th graders.

Another one by the same 7th grader




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