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April's Writing Lesson of the Month: Vocabulary Frenemies!

I just posted April's writing lesson of the month--Vocabulary Friends, Enemies, and Frenemies--, and once again, it's intended…

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Added by Corbett Harrison on April 12, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

March's Writing Lesson of the Month: Oxymorons!

March's "Lesson of the Month" is a notebook prompt inspired by Oxymorons.  It's called Oxymorons that lead to Nightmarish…

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Added by Corbett Harrison on March 10, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

February's Writing Lesson is Posted!

Establish a Fake Campaign/Election in your writer's notebook is the idea behind this month's lesson.  In 2017, all our lessons aim…

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Added by Corbett Harrison on March 1, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

January's Lesson of the Month is Posted!

January's lesson of the month-- Fortune Cookie Fortunes --focuses on different ways to use fortune cookie fortunes as a catalyst for writer's…

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Added by Corbett Harrison on January 10, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Check out our top Rhe-TURK-ical arguments from 2016!

I'm late in getting this done, but we finally have three top turkeys in our Rhe-Turk-ical Triangle Lesson from Thanksgiving.  Below are the finalists.  You can access larger versions of the images at the online lesson.  

You can also "vote" for your favorite by…

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Added by Corbett Harrison on December 2, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Writer's Notebook Four-Metaphor Poem for 2016!

I finally had a chance to publish 2016's Four Metaphor Poem about Writer's Notebooks.  My four poetic metaphors were inspired by four students' metaphors that were sent to our website in September.

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Added by Corbett Harrison on November 22, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

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

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