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
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
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
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
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 build their own sets of…See More
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 preview!See More
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 our…See More
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 you don't have many of those.…See More
Thank you, Corbett. I want to share with you that I recently completed parent/student/teacher conferences with my 27 homeroom students. One of the questions I asked each student was: What is a highlight of your day as a 7th grader and at least a dozen students replied: "Sacred Writing Time." This response warmed my heart.
new to the site. I was just enjoying Stickman. I'm totally stealing the idea and hoping to find great ideas for 1st and 2nd grade students. I teach 1st, 2nd & 3rd grade students with learning disabilities.
Hi Corbett! I just have a scheduling question. I teach 6th grade language arts and will have each class for 55 minutes a day. I know I'll start each day with the 10 minute write, but I need help with how to fit grammar, writing, and core novels. I.e, time break up/days of week. Any help would be appreciated. Lastly, all of 6th grade LA uses 5 subject notebooks. How would you divide the sections?
I am interested in purchasing the Sacred Writing Time slides to use this coming 2014-15 school year. I have a question, are the slides updated each year? Are the 2014-15 slides different than the 2013-14 slides? Will I have to re-purchase them each year?
I have been reviewing a lot of material that you have posted. Wow!!!! As usual, I am having a difficult time making a decision, however, I have made one.
I am wanting to do the "Giving Hands & Taking Hands" project. I have one question: you refer to the song "Brave". As I am not familiar with this song could you please identify the artist? Thanks so much.
Hi Corbett! I haven't heard anything else from you since I responded back in July to let you know you could quote me. I am VERY excited to receive the two new products & wondered when they would be available to download. NO PRESSURE - - I'm just excited! :D I go back to school tomorrow, and the kids come August 19th. Where did the summer go?? Thanks again for all the hard work you and your wife do to make us better teachers! The kids definitely benefit, and hopefully leave our classrooms lovers of reading and writing! :)