Saturday, February 9, 2013

Corbett and Dena Harrison - writing lessons from the webmasters of Writing Fix

January's lesson:  Crazy Time/Place for a Newscast  Simple idea...place a live news team in a historical era before there even were live news teams and report on a newsworthy event with a modern bunch of equipment.  Inspired partially by both Margie Palatini's awesome Tub-boo-boo as well as Barry Lane's wonderful 51 Wacky We-Search Reports--two of my absolute favorite mentor texts.
February's lesson:  Start & Stop Poetry  A great poetry format for writer's notebooks or for larger projects.  This is actually the "center square lesson" on our February Writer's Notebook Bingo Card.  We'll be doing an interdisciplinary unit on Lewis & Clark soon, and I plan on using this poetry format as part of the students' final product.  I probably will use some elements from the January lesson above too!
Bonus writing prompt...for February 5th, which is National Weatherman/person Day: http://writinglesson.ning.com/profiles/blogs/february-fifth-weatherman-day  I'll be showing a few weather reports tomorrow to study the voice of meteorologists so that we can write forecasts for our day in a unique voice on Tuesday.  Join me in this?
Hope your team is the one that ends up victorious tonight!
--Corbett & Dena Harrison

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