Thursday, October 27, 2016

Here are some great resources Corbett Harrison is shaing for free. They deal with Writer's Notebook and Vocabulary/Writing Skills. Enjoy.


My Montana workshop materials have been freely posted at my homepagehttp://corbettharrison.com/#montana  Even if you're not attending or can't attend, please know I've been designing my workshop materials this whole year in such a way that you can independently go through the materials to see what we're talking about and to have links to the resources I am sharing at the workshops.  My two Montana topics: WRITER'S NOTEBOOKS and VOCABULARY/WRITING SKILLS.  If either of those topics interests you, for the next few weeks, you can download and save my presentation materials.

It's been a great year of presenting!  I've enjoyed meeting teachers this year in Texas twice, Oklahoma, Nevada twice, California twice, and now Montana.  I've already been negotiating workshop dates for 2017.  If you think any of my website's ideas need to be shared with your state, region, or district, you can find information on how to bring me to your area at this page at my website.  You can share that link with your district leadership if you're not the person in charge of bringing in guest speakers.
My district has decided to send me to the NAGC conference in Orlando this November.  If anyone else is going, let me know so we can look out for each other!  
--Corbett Harrison (Always Write and WritingFix websites)
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Sunday, October 16, 2016

A message from Corbett Harrison.


Hello, teachers and writers,
First of all, thanks for all the nice words that many have sent in about our October Vocabulary/Writing Lesson.  I can tell you are delighting in the mentor text by James Tobin as much as I did.  Remember the goal of the lesson: think of multiple contexts where they could apply the word and not only visually represent those contexts but also explain their visuals through writing.
If you own our full set of notebook Bingo Cards, I just wanted to let you know I have done some recent revisions to October's online "center-square lesson":  Recipe Metaphors
Finally--if you're a user of Pinterest--please be sure to vote for your favorite of the four writer's notebook metaphors that we selected to be featured at the site this September. You must vote by October 31.  All four of the submissions are creative and thoughtful, but one lucky student will win an Amazon Gift Card based on "likes," "repins," and "saves" at Pinterest.  Here is the page you can access all four entries and vote from:  http://writinglesson.ning.com/profiles/blogs/2016-s-best-writer-s-notebook-metaphors
--Corbett Harrison
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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Here are some great resources from Corbett Harrison. Enjoy! The power point presentatioin is packed with great ideas!


We had a great turn-out with our September Notebook Metaphor Contest this year!  We had more student entries than ever.
The four victors for 2016 have been chosen, and I will be creating a new Four Metaphor Poem this month based on these students' original comparisons.  "Four metaphor poems" are a wonderful assignment for students of all ages!
Vote for your favorite Notebook Metaphor!  Like last year, we're now going to have those of you who use Pinterest help us decide on a "Crowd Favorite!"  The student whose writer's notebook metaphor gets the most likes and re-pins will be sent a $25 Amazon Gift Card.  To vote, visit this blog page--http://writinglesson.ning.com/profiles/blogs/2016-s-best-writer-s-notebook-metaphors --where you can see this year's four metaphors.  If you find a favorite (or two), click on the image or the link below the image to be taken to Pinterest where you can "like" or "re-pin" or "save" the metaphor to earn that student's metaphor points.  Consider having your students help you pick a favorite!
November's Contest is next:  It's never too early to start planning for the Rheturkical Triangle Thanksgiving competition.  
I'm presenting a writing workshop in Carson City, Nevada, tomorrow morning.  Topics: Writer's Notebooks, Vocabulary Across the Curriculum, and Critical Trait Thinking.  I'll have my handouts posted at Always Write by noon today (Friday), if you can't attend but want to independently explore what we're talking about during my workshop!
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Sunday, October 2, 2016

A message for you from Corbett Harrison.


I kept this month's lesson short and sweet!  It's a write-up for a new addition my students can use Vocabulary Workshop writing assignments.
when they complete their
This month's lessonWord Art.  
I am most excited to share the mentor text that I have used in the lesson to anchor the idea of visually representing good words in my students'minds.  I am sending special thanks to Ohio teacher Amy Tomlinson for letting me know about Jim Tobin's picture book The Very Inappropriate Word.  It was a total hit with my student writers, and it helped them understand the concept of visually representing a tier-2 vocabulary word.
Thanks for all of you who participated in establishing Writer's Notebooks and sharing ideas throughout September.  I am determined to really make September be recognized as Writer's Notebook Month in the future.  I have my kids investigating for me the process of making a national holiday, but I worry once they know, they're going to try to propose some goofy ones just so we can add them to our Sacred Writing Time slides.
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I hope your October is an excellent one.  I am recovering from ankle surgery for two more weeks, so I have been designing some instructional videos on YouTube for teachers about differentiated instruction and some of my favorite techniques for writing across the curriculum.  As soon as I have a few more samples to share, I will let you know how to find those videos.  
Also, our next contest is coming up in November: Rhe-TURK-ical Triangles   If you missed out on participating in the Writer's Notebook metaphors this month, it's never early to start planning your students' participation for November!
--Corbett (and Dena) Harrison -- Always Write website
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