Creative Corner - Story starter worksheets for the budding young author. Poetry Worksheets and Activities My Alphabet Poem - Choose from two page designs and write a poem about yourself beginning each line with a letter of the alphabet. Months of the Year Acrostic Poems - This file includes 12 pages, one for each month of the year, providing students with the opportunity to write a new poem each month. Spring Acrostic Poem - Write a poem about spring and begin each line with a letter from the word spring.
My name is Corbett Harrison, and I have been an educator sinceand a teacher-trainer since I specialize in teaching writing using differentiated instruction techniques.
I also focus on critical thinking skills, especially during the pre-writing and revision steps of the writing process. Every year, I challenge myself to improve my writing instruction even more, and this website is where I post my most successful new ideas.
I have been on hiatus from doing out-of-state teacher trainings recently for two reasons: Beginning in the summer ofI will be available once again to train teachers your school or district if you would like to hire me. You can find general information about my workshops here. If you would like to verify my availability for a specific date or dates starting in June ofplease contact me at this e-mail address.
Write Because writing--when taught right--can be the most enjoyable part of your teaching day, I created this website. I got a little burned out a few years back, doing both full time teaching all day and teaching two--sometimes three--evening classes every semester for my fellow teachers who were seeking recertification credit.
I enjoy presenting good ideas to my fellow teachers, and my classes were always well-received, but I was just not seeing my lovely wife enough with that crazy schedule; and thus, I began dropping the evening inservice classes from my over-booked calendar.
These days, I still find time to present 1- or 2-hour workshops and keynotes at most of our local conferences here in Northern Nevada, and I am now presenting two- or three-day workshops in half a dozen other states during the summer, but I'll admit that I miss those teacher inservice classes I designed about writing--especially the hour class I designed called Designing Writing Lessons for the Three Types of Mentor Texts.
If you click that link, you'll have free access to many of that inservice's resources. It remains one of my favorites teacher classes that I ever created. During the class, we talk about classifying mentor texts based on the different ways you can use them to inspire student writing.
I appreciate the dogmatic introduction, Corbett, but just take me straight to the free lessonplease. My students understand how I categorize my mentor texts, and they understand that I use them for three specific reasons: In my middle school classroom, I occasionally encourage my students to categorize things that are important to them during Sacred Writing Timeor to create category names for things that they notice in the world: I teach them to brainstorm as many ideas as they can, then "sort" ideas from their brainstorms in any way that makes sense to them; afterwards, I make them invent their own category names depending on how they've sorted their brainstorms.
It's the "creating your own category name" part of the activity that becomes a totally a type of higher-level thinking, and it's such an easy strategy to use in Language Arts class when you're teaching brainstorming skills.
Early on every school year, I explain to my students how and why I use "mentor texts" during my writing lessons; I don't think I have any lessons that don't use a mentor text some time during the writing process.
I explain to my students that I once created three category names for my favorite mentor texts, and when I teach, they will completely understand what category the mentor text falls in. Later in the year, should I say, "Okay kids, I'm going to share this mentor text aloud with you now, and we will be using this book as a 'structure mentor text' today," they immediately understand that there is an organizational structure in the text they are to look or listen for.
They know I am going to expect them to imitate that structure at some point during my writing lesson. With my kids, I try to be as transparent with my lessons as possible by teaching them 6-trait vocabulary which I did not invent and mentor text vocabulary which I did invent.
My three categories for mentor texts are: My favorite handout I've made for mentor texts is this one. If you like my category names, please use them with your own kids and freely share this handout with your fellow teachers.
Kindly keep my copyright statement in tact. I appreciate your respect of my intellectual property. How I invented my mentor text categories, and why "The Important Book" is the absolute best book for teaching students what a "structure mentor text" is. Whether you call them "mentor texts" or "touchstone texts," you should use published writing to improve your writing lessons.The tuition for Writing for Children and Teens can be paid through a monthly payment plan of $85 per month for 10 months with an initial payment of $ payable on enrollment.
You make your first monthly payment one month after you enroll. Picture books are a great resource for art education. Writing books/novels for kids & teens? There are hundreds of publishers, agents and other markets listed in the latest Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market. Buy it online at a discount.
6. The picture book appeals to more learning styles than any other format. I started by making a list of all the published texts--picture books, chapter book and novel excerpts, favorite poems and songs, published articles, etc--that I used as thinking "guides" when I was teaching a skill-based writing lesson, and I discovered I was using my mentor texts in three distinct ways: to inspire original ideas, to borrow.
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If you are committed to making your picture book manuscript the best it can be, join authors Jill Esbaum and Linda Skeers for a productive weekend immersed in the world of picture book writing. You get better at any skill through practice, and creative writing prompts are a great way to practice writing.
At the end of every article on The Write Practice, we include a writing prompt so you can put what you just learned to use immediately.