- This Sunday/Monday, I celebrate teacher Christina Terranova from Massachusetts for posting this PERSONIFIED VOCABULARY WORD activity from one of her sixth graders: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612676094863/ Christina is a member of our Vocabulary Collecting Group at the Ning, where we encourage teachers to share some of their favorite vocabulary and writing activities.
- I also send a shout out to Wisconsin teacher Lisa Newton who emailed me this great MR. STICK CARTOON from one of her students for the word sentinel: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612676095389/ If you haven't introduced Mr. Stick for writer's notebooks and vocabulary writing yet, remember we have a whole Mr. Stick Resource Page at the Always Write website, but you can now also freely download the Mr. Stick essential package from Teachers Pay Teachers.
- And my third shout out goes to Beth Moschetto, whose student created a great VOCABULARY HAIKU for the word sodden: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612676095444/ January's Writing Lesson of the Month will focus on three fresh and fun ways to use haiku poems uniquely.
Saturday, January 2, 2016
Nevada isn't just the desert around Las Vegas; here on the northern end of the state, we sometimes get snow days, and today was one of those days! I meant to post a Sunday Shout Out yesterday, but I ran out of time, so perhaps it's fate that I got the morning off to prepare for that.
Three Vocabulary Shout-outs! This Sunday shout out is for three teachers who are using our website's VOCABULARY COLLECTING RESOURCES to inspire meaningful short pieces of clever writing centered around good tier-2 vocabulary your students find in their own reading. We have created 10 different writing lessons, which can be freely previewed HERE at our new Teachers Pay Teachers store. Gone are the days (I hope) that we simply say, "Put your vocabulary words into original sentences" without giving more context or a higher expectation of those sentences; our 10 vocabulary & writing activities encourage poetic concepts, contextual thinking, grammatical knowledge, and etymology.
A Sacred Writing Time Reminder: Our 366 Sacred Writing Time Slides have taken the lead as our best-selling product this past year. Thanks to all of you who use them and see their value. If you have not ever tried Sacred Writing Time, we offer the entire January Set of SWT Slides to freely download at our new Teachers Pay Teachers store. Try them for a month with your students. We think you'll be impressed with the way your students react to them!
Thanks and have a great final week before Winter Holidays!
--Corbett (& Dena Harrison), Always Write WebsiteVisit Writing Lesson of the Month Network at: http://writinglesson.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network