Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Here is a great update from Corbett Harrison. I am posting it with a reminder that most of the PARCC and Smarter Balanced will have students writing in/about many genres. It is a good read. Well worth the time.

We're 81% of the way to our sponsorship goal!  Thank you!  We just knew there were fans of WritingFix who would step forward if we asked for help.  You're the best.
Common Core makes it quite clear that our students need to do more writing across the curriculum, and we agree here in Northern Nevada.  We have 15 different online resource pages based on recertification classes we taught in Northern Nevada between 2004-2010, and we recognized early on the value of increasing a school's use of writing across the curriculum techniques that pushed deep thinking, not simple regurgitation of facts.
Our first (and most popular) Writing Across the Curriculum class walks you through quite a few of our activities we did with teachers to demonstrate what deep thinking & creative factual writing looks like when compared to writing that is more plagiarized than it is original.  Here is the link to that class, which we taught over a dozen times during the years cited above:
Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page, where you can link to our three sister sites: ScienceFix, HistoryFix, and NumberFix--all designed to show creative ways to write in K-12 content areas other than Language Arts.  Enjoy!
And please support us if you haven't yet and you're a regular user of WritingFix:
Happy Spring.  Happy Weekend!
--Corbett Harrison
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Here is Corbett & Dena Harrison's March Lesson of the Month. Enjoy!

Two writing tasks--one for a writer's notebook, the other for a writer's workshop--in this month's lesson:  Both are inspired by the skill of accurately choosing synonyms from the thesaurus that truly mean what you want them to. 
The longer auto-biography lesson (the one for Writer's Workshop) also adds the "voice" of the dictionary to students' writing, which is inspired by the picture book about the life of Daniel Webster, which was recommended to me by my teaching friend Annita Blauser from Arkansas, and it was placed in my Christmas stocking by my beautiful wife, Dena Harrison.
Be sure to check out the other "features of the month," especially the Sacred Writing Slide of the Month, which focuses on our upcoming Friday the thirteenth next week!
Have a great month!
--Corbett & Dena Harrison
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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Here are some more resources for writing. Courtesy of Corbett Harrison

Reason #7 to save WritingFix?  Our digital photographs as writing prompts
All images stored at this WritingFix page were submitted by student and teacher photographers between 2009-2013!  Many of the photos have student writing that was inspired by the original images.  WritingFix had numerous ways for teachers and students from all over to contribute to the site's growth, and this page was one of our best ideas.  Every classroom has a student or two who would love to share a photograph to inspire other students to write about it.  This page gives you all the links and resources to help your classroom photographers contribute, and your classroom writers to share their poems and stories about the best images we've posted.  
If we can save WritingFix (, I plan to find time every June to post a new set of student- and teacher-submitted photographs that would serve as great writing prompts for your students.  
Have a great weekend.  
--Corbett Harrison
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Friday, March 6, 2015

Here is another post from Corbett Harrison. It has a link to poetry lessons - well worth your time.

Our sixth featured reason to save WritingFix is the website's large collection of poetry lessons. 
The story of how the page came to be is worth reading, and it truly serves as a product created by outstanding professional development, so here is a link to the blog post I just created:  You can access all 47 K-12 poetry lessons from this blog post.
Enjoy...and have a great weekend.
--Corbett & Dena Harrison
P.S. Help us Save WritingFix.  Thanks to those who have already donated!  We're over halfway there now!
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