Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Welcoming the New School Year!

I have mentioned the writing lesson of the month on numerous occasions.  I encourage you to take a look at the following invitation and join them.  The information they share is excellent for classroom teachers.  They include lessons that are easily adapted for individual classrooms.

...sharing thoughtful, teacher-built lessons your students will love!

A message to all members of Writing Lesson of the Month Network

Hello Teachers,

In June, we announced our selections for WritingFix's 2010-2011 "Mentor Text of the Year" Program.  The texts that you helped us select by voting dictated a year-long theme that we're challenging our local Nevada teachers with, and we hope to challenge teachers worldwide too.  This year's theme: "The Year of Writer's Notebooks."

Our Mentor Texts of the Year are going to be: A Writer's Notebook by Ralph Fletcher and Amelia's Notebook by Marissa Moss.

Next Wednesday, with the posting of September's "Lesson of the Month," our "Year of Writer's Notebooks" will officially begin; you'll understand why that particular lesson launches the year's theme when you see it!

In the meantime, be sure to visit our Mentor Text of the Year Homepage at WritingFix ( if you have a free minute.  The webpage invites you--if you obtain the books and find ways to use them during this year's writing instruction--to create a write-up of something successful you implemented and post it where it can be shared with other teachers.  Our favorite ideas will actually become part of the WritingFix website, and the teachers who shared them will be sent a complimentary copy of one of the NNWP's Print Publications (

A lot of teachers (from everywhere) contact us over the summer, saying they were excited to participate and plan to share, and we hope this e-mail encourages others to join us with this attempt-at-building-a-better-teacher network that's focused on writing instruction.

I hope those of you just coming back this week had a great summer.

I hope those who've now been back for a number of weeks are already talking about writer's notebooks with their new batch of writers.

I hope those with a week or two left do something that gives you the energy to come back and be an even better writing teacher this year.

Thanks for continuing to share WritingFix with your students and colleagues!

--Corbett Harrison, WritingFix Webmaster
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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Getting Ready for School

I  recently discovered this blog, TWO WRITING TEACHERS and I love it.   I believe it is applicable for all teachers who teach writing - and that should be all of us K-12 regardless of content area.  There is something for everyone.  I really enjoyed their section on: Reflecting on Reading Like a Writer.  
It has great application for teachers in the content areas.

The blog itself is also a great model for the potential of blogs and long distance communication.   

As you are taking time to prepare for next year, take a few minutes and visit this blog.

The post on ideas for next year has some great ideas: Getting Ready to Go “Back to School”.

It will be time well spent - and as always - these ideas can be used to facilitate the teaching of 6 + 1 traits.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Writing Fix has Published August's Lesson of the Month

Writing Fix bases this month's lesson on Harry Potter.  

The text is used for numeracy, as students try to compute Hagrid's height.  This can be done by reading out loud to the students or having the students reread.  Further, the lesson can be tweaked to help student visualize or write details.