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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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Added 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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Added by Corbett Harrison on September 27, 2016 at 10:33am — No Comments

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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Added by Corbett Harrison on August 27, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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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Added by Corbett Harrison on August 18, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

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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Added by Corbett Harrison on July 28, 2016 at 9:58am — No Comments

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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Added 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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Added by Corbett Harrison on June 28, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Classroom Writing Routines! How are yours?

I was pleased to see how many of…

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Added by Corbett Harrison on June 18, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

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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Added by Corbett Harrison on June 9, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

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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Added by Corbett Harrison on June 7, 2016 at 7:19am — 1 Comment

June's Writing Lesson of the Month is Posted!

This summer, I will be revising some of my original WritingFix lessons that I have added to over the years, and posting them in "new form" at my website.  For June, I revised and added to the original "Serendipitous Character Names" prompt game I posted over 10 years ago, and I added a new element to it:…

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Added by Corbett Harrison on June 1, 2016 at 3:45pm — No Comments

May 2016's Writing Lesson of the Month is Posted!

As part of our bi-weekly Vocabulary Workshop, my students create small pieces of thoughtful writing around new tier-2 vocabulary they find in our readings and want to know and use.  A few years back, when I invited my 8th graders to create new vocabulary writing activities, one that they came up with was "…

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Added by Corbett Harrison on April 30, 2016 at 1:35pm — No Comments

Last May's Writing Lesson of the Month!

Just a reminder that last May we put out what became a popular Mother's Day Writing Lesson in many classrooms.  The assignment/writing task can also certainly become a piece of "tribute" writing for anyone/thing that is special to you; for instance, my wife (Dena) and I used the format to write a list of 'job descriptions' for a colleague who was…

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Added by Corbett Harrison on April 26, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

April's Writing Lesson is Posted!

Happy Spring, everybody!  Our April Lesson of the Month -- My Own Darn Math Curse -- is now posted and ready to use.  Enjoy!

If you end up with student samples or have any ideas for adaptations, feel free to post them in the reply box below!

--Corbett & Dena…

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Added by Corbett Harrison on March 31, 2016 at 4:56pm — No Comments

Happy April Fool's Day!

Here's the April 1st slide from our 366-slide set of SWT slides.  It's one of our favorites!…

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Added by Corbett Harrison on March 31, 2016 at 4:52pm — No Comments

Pi Poems? Publish them here!

If you took us up on our "Pi Poem" challenge (http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/Enemy-Pie.htm) and 

have a student sample worthy of sharing, feel free to post it below in the "Comment" box.  

You can…

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Added by Corbett Harrison on March 14, 2016 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

March's Writing Lesson Comes with a Contest!

I am pleased to announce our March Writing Lesson of the Month, which we think is an appropriate writing task for grades 3-12 (with higher expectations for the older kids, of course), also comes with a new contest!

Enjoy our 25-cent Vocabulary Haikus lesson.  The lesson…

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Added by Corbett Harrison on March 1, 2016 at 10:34am — No Comments

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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Added by Corbett Harrison on February 11, 2016 at 11:50am — 3 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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Added by Corbett Harrison on February 4, 2016 at 7:10am — No Comments

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