Welcome. My name is Corbett Harrison, and I have been an educator since 1990, and a teacher-trainer since 1998. 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: 1) I'm writng a book on teaching writing, and 2) I'm preparing to retire from the classroom at the end of the 2018-19 school year.

Beginning in the summer of 2019, I 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 of 2019, please contact me at this e-mail address.

 

Always
Write

 
       Because writing--when taught right--can be the most enjoyable part of your teaching day, I created this website.

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On this page I share resources that may be of interest specifically to my students in the 2018-19 school year. Ask me at school to add any resource from class to this page.

My Language Arts Students' "Always Be Reading" Homework Expectation -- for 6th Graders
6th graders: Each week, I expect you to read for 60-75 minutes, and I expect you to collect two brand-new-to-you vocabulary words from your reading. Collect ONLY words you can hear yourself using in future conversations or situations. Every other week, we will all--me included--have four words we have found, liked, written about and plan to teach the whole class through the writing we created as homework.

Week one (example):
Week two (example):
What's completed OUTSIDE OF CLASS as homework:
  • 60-75 minutes of outside-of-class reading time each week.
  • Each week, students should spend 15-30 minutes drafting and "publishing" two new vocab. words (that come from the reading they are doing) for our twice-monthly "Vocabulary Workshop." Two words a week. When students have four words, which happens every other week, we set-aside a day in class to teach our words to our fellow students and to Mr. Harrison.

What's completed DURING CLASS and counts towards the students' in-class work ethic grade:

  • Writer's notebook work and writing mini-lessons.
  • Writer's workshop tasks, including drafting, responding, revising, and publishing. Students who don't use class time to work on their writing when it's assigned will be expected to complete it as homework, but students should have ample time in class to work on the writing assignments I will give.
  • Project-planning and project-implementation. Again, students who choose not to use class time to work on their projects will be expected to complete it as homework, but students should have ample time in class to work on the writing assignments I will give.

Parents, please help me help your students be successful by:

  • Checking in with students each week about what they're reading for their E/LA homework. For our class novels, your students will be able to show you their assigned reading calendar; when we are NOT in an assigned book, students may independently read from self-chosen novels or books and non-fiction magazines.
  • Checking in with students each week to see what two words (from their reading!) they have chosen to teach the class.

Need a Reading Log for the Week?
Vocabulary Workshop Handouts:
Resources for your Writer's Notebooks:
The First 7 Vocab. Workshop Writing Options:
Writer's Notebook Challenges from Mr. H:

I double-dog dare my students to have as much fun with language, words, and ideas as I do with my own writer's notebook. Here are some personal challenges for my students to try:

  • Challenge #1: Print your favorite camera phone pictures in this camera phone template and write about them!
  • Challenge #2: Collect and write about your favorite oxymorons that you find or create.
  • Challenge #3: Use a fortune cookie fortune in an interesting way to inspire writing or thinking. Here are two 'Fortune Cookie Mr. Stick Comics' I created and am proud of: comic #1 comic #2
  • Challenge #4: Write a fake news-story about something that happened to you but probably wouldn't end up in the actual newspaper. When I broke the sunglasses I owned that my wife hated, I wrote this fake news story.

 

If you cannot come up with your writing ideas, press the button below...
Need a writer's notebook writing prompt today?

Instructions: Click the button until you discover a writing prompt that sparks an idea in your brain. Write freely for ten or fifteen minutes, not worrying about writing conventions (spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc.) or if the sentences are perfectly formed. Just put some good ideas down in your notebook that you can build upon and improve later. If you have time, I always suggest you go back and add a visual

They start with a question on purpose! If you're not sure how to begin your prompt-inspired writing, write a sentence that answers the question and see where your writing goes from there.



 

 

Mr. Harrison's Favorite Moments:

Watching a Hawaiian sunrise with my wife, Dena, during our honeymoon trip to Maui in 2005

My mother and her brother, Doug, in May of 2018. I traveled with my Mom to England where her brother lives. Hearing them reminisce about their lives was wonderful, and I was lucky to spend this extra time with my amazing mother and uncle and cousins.

Boone--our youngest Westie--loved to fall asleep in my slippers when he was a baby. He'll be three in October of 2018.

Tucker--our middle Westie "child"--is our best watchdog and sprinkler hunter. He'll turn five in December of 2018, and he and Boone are actually brothers--they share the same Dad but have a different Mom.

Bentley--our oldest Westie--meets Tucker as a puppy back in 2013. Bentley is twelve now, and he'll turn thirteen this spring.

This picture is from 2002, two years before my Dad (far right) passed away. My oldest brother (Bret) is to my left, and my older brother (Andy) is to my right. Harrison men don't dance, and we don't smile for photographs!