Welcome. My name is Corbett Harrison, and I have been an educator and a teacher-trainer since August of 1990. I specialize in teaching writing using differentiated instruction. I also focus on critical thinking techniques, especially during the pre-writing and revision steps of the writing process. I have spent the last five years honing my vocabulary and grammar lessons so that they're differentiated and promote deep, critical thinking skills.

The Northern Nevada district I serve has a "balanced calendar" that has me teaching from early August to early June, and during my 8 weeks of summer and during my two annual two-week breaks, I independently contract to present workshops to school districts and professional organizations around the country.

Summer of 2016 is starting to fill. I already have speaking engagements scheduled in Texas, Minnesota, and Ohio.

I am no longer available for the week of October 26 in 2015. I will be presenting in Oklahoma.

I am still available in 2016 during the week of March 21 and the week of March 28.

You can find general information about the cost of my workshops here.

If you would like to check my availability for 2016, please contact me at my e-mail address.


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

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95% of what we share at this website is 100% free. To pay the Internet bills, we do sell the other 5%. Please enjoy shopping from this page!

I love the Internet. I love that I can easily send out free lessons I'm using in my classroom to any interested teachers once a month from my Writing Lesson of the Month Ning. My students write every day, and I do too, and they know it; while they write papers, I write lessons that I publish freely, and my students allow me to participate in their writer's workshop . If you're not a member of the Ning, and you like writing lessons that are free, you should join today by clicking here.

That said, I have to pay money from my own pocket to keep this website, the Ning, and my wife's classroom website online and advertising free. In 2011, I also took responsibility for keeping WritingFix online and free to use when the Northern Nevada Writing Project (who helped me sponsor it for almost ten years) lost their federal funding. WritingFix is kind of sitting "in limbo" right now--not being added to or maintained--but the amazing lessons teachers posted to it during the years I was Director of the NNWP will not go away if Dena and I have anything to say about it.

A Free Writing Lesson Once a Month
Click here to join our Writing Lesson of the Month Ning. A free writing lesson will be e-mailed to you on the first Monday of every month.
And so, even though I have given away hundreds of lessons and ideas over the years, I do have to keep a page here at my site that brings in a little income to affray the costs of the websites I keep online. The materials I offer here are tested and true resources. Each comes with a preview so you know what you're buying. Thanks for considering giving back to my website by purchasing any of these materials.
Forgive our dust!
We are in the process of moving all of our products to a brand new Teachers Pay Teachers Store.
This will allow our customers to have immediate download rights, and it will help deal with the school district email servers that block me from sending download links.
Quick Links to Materials on this Page:
For Writer's Notebooks
(a daily writing routine)

We write every day in our writer's notebooks. Students use their notebooks to self-select topics for larger, more formal writing assignments. Here are three ready-to-use tools for establishing a classroom writer's notebook program:

Save on these three best sellers!

Vocabulary& Grammar for Common Core
(a weekly writing expectation)

Every Friday (or every other Friday), my students "publish" four new words in their vocabulary portfolios. Here are resources we use to establish vocabulary and grammar routines:

Vocab/Grammar Grouping Cards (coming October 5)

For Reader's Notebooks
(instead of book reports)

Dena's Reading Bingo cards have upped the rigor for her students' weekly reading expectations.

For Teacher-Trainers
(and independent teacher-learners)

I worked for seven years as a teacher-trainer for Northern Nevada during the initial standards movement. After I left their employ, I sat down and designed several "perfect trainings" that I could offer other districts when Common Core emerged. These are materials I share during those trainings.

Save on these three workshops!

IMPORTANT: Before purchasing any of the copyrighted materials we offer on this page, please read the following carefully:
  • You are purchasing a single teacher-use copy of the product you purchase. As of 2015, we offer very reasonably-priced site-licenses for entire schools or departments wishing to adopt these materials. Contact me by e-mail (corbett@corbettharrison.com) to inquire about setting up a purchase order through your school to order multiple copies.
  • I do not send hard copies of any of these materials through the mail; instead, all purchases from this page take the form of an electronic download. For each product purchased, you will receive a separate e-mail with a temporary download link for each product you purchase, and you should save the downloaded materials to a flashdrive so you can load them to both your home and school workstation. You are allowed to may make as many hard copies of the accompanying print materials for your own classroom.
  • This is not an automated selling system. I still do this all by hand. It may take me 12-36 hours to actually send you the download links to the materials you have purchased. I work with students all day and sit on many district committees in the evenings. Please don't e-mail me five minutes after you order and ask, "Where is my stuff?" Thanks in advance for your patience.
  • I work in a PC-heavy district, not a MAC district. My materials are designed to look their best in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. I happily provide PDF versions of all materials too, but my resources generally look/work their best on PC computers.
  • All my materials come with a copyright statement at the bottom of the documents. When running off hard copies for your own students, you have our permission to remove that copyright statement; however, if sharing any of my materials with fellow teachers or adults, you must leave all page citations intact.
  • Very Important: Most of the materials purchased here are direct teaching materials and digital classroom resources that shouldn't be put directly into students' hands. We believe there is little reason to post our materials onto a classroom, teacher, or district website. You may, therefore, not post or upload electronic versions of these materials to any other server: no websites, weeblies, wikis, blogs, nings, etc. If your students lose their hard copies of materials, you can e-mail an electronic copy to them, but you may not post our copyrighted resources to any server and provide links to access them from said server. Thank you in advance for respecting our intellectual property, and please know that we will work with you and your IT department if you legitimately feel you have an exception to this rule.

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Introducing the Always Write "Lucky Seven" Club!
As of June 2015, the Always Write website is seven years old, and we have had some very faithful users during that entire on-line run. We've also had some users who came to the website later in time, but they immediately jumped on board and purchased the majority of our for-sale products. We want to thank our users who have put so much trust in our products, and between June 2015 and June of 2016, we are establishing a very special "club." That's right, the "Lucky Seven Club."

What are the benefits of being a member? If you are an established member before December 31, 2015, you will receive the following major benefit:

  1. All future products and product updates will be sent to you at no cost whatsoever. We have averaged 1.3 new products every year, and if you establish your membership, you will be on a special list of educators who will never have to pay for any of our products again. Not ever again. You have a future "free ride" for every product we will launch and sell to others. When new products are finalized between now and the end of this website's existence, you will be in the first group to be contacted, and the new products will be sent to you even before we send them to new, paying customers.

What's the catch, Corbett? Here's the deal: Dena and I are actively seeking some short teacher testimonials and some ideas for adaptations from teachers who are using many of our resources and products purchased from this specific webpage. When a new product comes out, we will send it to all members of the "Lucky 7 Club" for free in exchange for one thing:

  1. A short 4- to 6-sentence blurb about how your students have responded to one of the products we sell here, or a 4- to 6-sentence explanation of how you've adapted one of our ideas/routines to work for the students you teach. We do plan on saving and sharing these short blurbs not only on this page but also at workshops that we present around the country. I will not use your last names when citing a blurb; I will only share a first name, a last initial, and the state/provence you work in. As each new product for the rest of time is ready to be launched, you will receive an email saying, "New product coming. It will be sent to you for free in exchange for a short piece of writing about how you've successfully used one of the past products you have been sent."

How do I join? Some of you are already members because you've purchased 7 or more of our products in the past from us. Here's the deal though: I don't have time to go back through and scour all the records without a prompting from you.

To join, I am totally depending on you to contact me and tell me you think you're qualified. If you legitimately purchased any 7 resources that we offer for sale, I can look you up pretty quickly using PayPal if you provide me with any/all e-mails you used to make the purchases. Purchases made on bundled products count as multiple purchases. Purchases made while products were on sale count. You absolutely need to contact me by December 31, 2015, because after that, this club will close to any new memberships.

Is there an easy way to check or to buy what I need to secure my membership? If you've been a customer in the past, at right you will find our checklist of the 11 products we have been selling since 2011. If you purchased from us, you would be in our Paypal database and our personal database under the e-mail address you used when you made the purchase for the electronic download. You can use that email address when returning to PayPal and inquiring what products you purchased throiugh them over the years.

If you are fairly new to our website, we have a quick way to become a "Lucky 7" lifetime member. You will be sent our 7 most popular classroom products by using the button just below. These seven products are: 1) 10 Writer's Notebook Bingo Cards; 2) 366 Sacred Writing Time Slides; 3) 8 Writer's Workshop Restaurant-themed Menus; 4) Reader's Notebook Bingo Cards; 5) 11 Vocabulary & Writing Lessons; 6) 18 Tier-2 Vocabulary Quick-Poems; 7) Vocabulary/Grammar Grouping Cards. Separately, these seven products cost almost $130.00, but for the special price of $109.99, you will receive these seven products, and all future new products will be sent to you at no cost whatsoever. The special rate buys you a lifetime membership to our website.

Purchase your lifetime membership in the "Lucky 7" club
The following four products are NOT included in the "Lucky 7" purchase

  • 7 Elements of a Differentiated Writing Lesson Workshop Materials
  • Critical Trait-Thinking Workshop Materials
  • Exit Tickets across the Curriculum Workshop Materials
  • 504 Writing Prompts
Please remember, I teach all day long, even over the summers, so you may not receive your purchase(s) immediately. If you do not receive the download link from me in thirty-six hours, please contact me at corbett@corbettharrison.com.

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Our For-Sale Products
The monthly lessons we send out from our WLotM Ning are very good and highly adaptable. If you use them once in a while, those free lessons will save you some planning time, and they'll give your students some unique ways to demonstrate their deepening knowledge through writing. We're proud to give those out to our Ning members for no cost at all.

Now...our "For-Sale Products" below are a bit different; they are purposely designed to save you hours (and hours!) of planning time as you establish routines that will excite your students about writing. Invest your money and your time into believing these products will change your classroom atmosphere during writing time, and you will not be disappointed. Dena and I have put thousands of independent summertime hours into these nine products, and we would not sell them if we didn't think they are some of the best things we've ever created as educators. There are many educators out there who would wholeheartedly agree with our belief in these products.

These are the products we currently offer for sale here at "Always Write." If you did not read carefully the "Important Notes before Purchasing" above, kindly do so before placing any order with us.

10 Writer's Notebook Bingo Cards and 10 Guided Writer's Notebook Lessons
Writer's Notebook Bingo Cards...current price...$13.00
created by Corbett and Dena Harrison, writing teachers and trainers

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Over the summer of 2010, my wife--Dena--and I began mining our favorite prompt collections, our lessons, and our writing across the curriculum materials in order to create a brand resource that use with our students during Sacred Writing Time: Writer's Notebook Bingo Cards. The original set contained nine monthly cards, but in 2013, we added a tenth card for teachers returning to work in August. Anyone who'd bought the cards between 2010-2013 received the updated Bingo card set at no cost. All of our products work that way; if we improve the product, we send you the latest set completely free.

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366 "Sacred Writing Time" Slides in PowerPoint and PDF Format

SWT slides...current price...$18.00
created by Corbett and Dena Harrison, writing teachers and trainers

"We Write Every Day." This is one of the mottoes used in both of our classrooms. Each school day, the first ten minutes of each class is spent writing in our writer's notebooks; we call this allotment of time "Sacred Writing Time." I spend a lot of time early on in the school year training my students to observe the world with a "writer's eyes," which means they're always looking for something they can write about during those first minutes in my room. Some of my students pick up the skill immediately. Some become very reliant on the Writer's Notebook Bingo Cards or the Writer's Notebook/Workshop Choice Menus I provide for them. Others look to these Sacred Writing Time PowerPoint Inspirations, which are on display as they enter my room using the projector and my Promethean Board.

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Teachers share their Experiences with Sacred Writing Time:
"Before I started using the SWT slides, the kids sometimes sat for long periods of time trying to think. When you are dealing with younger grades especially, telling them to think of things to write about ahead of time does not work. Now, they read the slide and get started writing. Even when they do not write about anything pertaining to the slide it seems to trigger more productive writing than they had before.  

"The other thing I love about the SWT slides is that the kids want to read them and have SWT. When it fits the schedule or is possible we try to 'celebrate' what the slide is about. So on National Jellybean day, everyone got a jellybean. On Dr. Seuss day, I read Green Eggs and Ham out loud. Then the kids wrote about their favorite Dr. Seuss book. Having the slide gives me a place to start to brainstorm ways to make class more meaningful and/or fun. Thank you for a great resource.






--Julie F. (Idaho teacher)

"I was a new to 5th grade teacher this year. With this move (from Pre-K!) I was not formally trained in any of my new content areas. I frantically searched the internet for ideas for writing, language, spelling, math, and science (these are the areas that I was to teach). The teachers that were there last year were learning a new curriculum in 4th grade, so they were too busy to mentor me. Fortunately, I found Corbett and Dena's website. I have LOVED these slides and the Bingo Choice Cards. We are currently making our own tiles for a final language project (this idea Corbett shared recently) and my children LOVE it!

"This year, I opened every day during our writing time with the slide of the day. These slides covered some many of our standards (quotations, parts of speech, dictionary skills, sentence types, referencing sources, using technology to produce a piece of work...) My children loved the routine and familiarity of using these slides. I believe that routines are important. These tiles not only provided routines for my students, but they (and the Bingo choice cards) provided a much needed path for me to follow in developing young writers. I can't thank you guys enough!"

--Laura C. (Georgia teacher)
"This is my 29th year teaching English. I started using the Sacred Writing Slides this year when I moved to a 6-man school. I teach 7, 8, and 9th grade English with total of about 28 students. We have Sacred Writing Time first 10 minutes of class. Kids get those pencils moving and are silent. They look forward to the slides and if I am absent, they ask to see the day they missed slide. We have MWA bi-weekly and the vocabulary part of the slides are a great source for vocabulary building. This semester their final exam is to pick a day on April 's calendar and research, write, and design their own SWT slide. We will use them next April. They are already wanting to pick their date and start to figure their slides theme. The slides are talk of the high school hallway. Students I don't teach come in to read the slides daily. Thank you."

--Julie C (Texas teacher)

"I have been using Sacred Writing Time (SWT) for the past two years in my classes. They are beneficial and an important part of my classroom and I was struggling with how to let others know how important it is until I read a letter one of my sixth-graders wrote to an incoming sixth-grader (a little assignment I have them do at the end of each year). He really summed up what I wanted to say and why I think SWT is so vital to the students. 'In Mrs. C's class, we do a lot of writing. Sometimes you get to write your own ideas, and sometimes you'll write for assignments. Sacred writing Time is one of the most fun parts of the class, because you can just let your thoughts become words on paper. Your homework every day is to have an idea for SWT, but if you get writer's block, Mrs. C. puts a PowerPoint up on the board that will have some fun facts and quotes to spark you imagination.' I would say that sums it up!"

--Lynette C. (South Dakota teacher)

Join our conversation about Sacred Writing Time. Add your comments here, and I might send you something nice!

Important Copyright information: This set of slides was designed to be projected from a school computer to a screen or Promethean Board in your classroom on the day they are relevant; they were not designed to be placed in the students' hands so that they could look ahead and preview upcoming slides in the set. With all due respect, we believe there is absolutely no reason to post the set of slides online to a public server, and so we created a copyright statement that forbids posting them to any public server space. By purchasing this product, you have our permission to place the files on both home and school computers. You may not post any electronic version of the slides to a school or personal website; posting an electronic version at any public website violates the copyright agreement.If you're not sure whether your school's website is public or private, have your school IT person contact me at corbett@corbettharrison.com.


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8 Restaurant-Themed Choice Menus for Sacred Writing Time and for Writer's Workshop
8 Restaurant-Themed Writing Menus...current price...$14.00
created by Corbett & Dena Harrison, and Jenny Hoy, Nevada English teachers

This is the third product we created to build a stronger daily writer's notebook routine. These menus were designed to inspire your top 25% of students with writing skills. Our Writer's Notebook Bingo Cards and the Sacred Writing Time Slides are fun and engaging, but they're not designed to promote rigor; these eight restaurant-themed choice menus are all about two things: 1) choice and 2) rigor.

My wife--Dena Harrison, also a talented writing teacher--and I both experienced such new excitement and commitment from our students with their Writer's Notebook during our first semester of implementing the Writer's Notebook Bingo Cards back in Spring of 2010, and we set out to make that excitement move in smart directions. Over the summer of 2012, with the help of our colleague Jenny Hoy, we created a unique set of choice-driven menus that helped some of our stronger writers by:

  • providing a new and different pre-writing tool for those students who return to our classes after the Bingo Cards no longer feel challenging;
  • establishing a creative structure as well as a new level of scaffolding for our students who still needed help independently making good choices for the pieces they want to work on for our Writer's Workshop;
  • requiring more use of trait-inspired language from students who use the tool than the Bingo Cards do;
  • demonstrating how different pre-writing steps are needed for the three main purposes of writing: expository, persuasive or argumentative, and narrative.
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Purchase our 8 Writing Choice Menus at Teachers Pay Teachers by clicking

Important Copyright information: This product is not meant to be posted electronically so please do not. We created them to make hard copies of the menus that we made available for our students "who were really up for challenge for SWT and for upcoming writer's workshops." By purchasing this product, you have our permission to store digital copies on both home and school computers. You may not post any electronic versions of the menus to a school or personal website; posting an electronic version at any public website violates the copyright agreement. If you're not sure whether your school's website is public or private, have your school IT person contact me at corbett@corbettharrison.com.

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The Writer's Notebook Bargain Bundle: Bingo Cards, Sacred Writing Time Slides, and Restaurant-themed Menus
Our Writer's Notebook Bundle...current price...$39.99
created by Corbett and Dena Harrison, and Jenny Hoy, Nevada English teachers

I can't tell you how many of my students tell me that our 10 minutes of daily devotion to our writer's notebooks is their favorite time of the school day. When you're using writer's notebooks well, students audibly groan when you ask them to put them away, and they beg you to allow them to write more in them if we finish the day's lesson early. My students regularly do both of those things.

I give full credit to my students' writer's notebook success and energy to the fact that--from day one--we start off strong, with many elements of support that inspire and encourage them. It's a foreign concept to so many of them when I say, "You'll write quietly for ten minutes every day about any topic you wish, and you must always be on the look-out for your next topic." Many of my students can't even imagine what that looks like and how they should begin preparing for it, but our three top-selling writer's notebook resources make it happen for every student.

I know teachers love a good bargain, and so I offer the three writer's notebook resources as a discounted bundle. Separately, these 3 products will cost you $45; as a bundle, you save over $5.00.

What this Bargain Bundle Includes:

10 months' worth of Notebook Bingo Cards

A year's worth of Sacred Writing Time slides

8 Restaurant-Themed Choice Menus

Purchase our Writer's Notebook Bundle at Teachers Pay Teachers by clicking

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Eleven Vocabulary Lessons & a Vocabulary & Writing Routine that Works!
Vocabulary Lessons...current price...$19.99
created by Corbett Harrison, writing teacher and teacher-trainer

Sample #1:Visit our Preview Page to access our "Vocabulary Collecting" PowerPoint.

Sample #2:Visit our Preview Page to access our "Personifying Vocabulary" PowerPoint lesson.

Sample #1:Visit our Preview Page to access our "Imp-Int-Exclam Sentences " PowerPoint lesson.

With Common Core beefing up the expectations with more depth and less coverage, I truly had no problem going back and re-thinking the way I'd been teaching vocabulary; I knew I could be doing a better job with words beyond assigning rote memorization. I used to give a weekly list for students to memorize by Friday, but I knew even back then that was the lowest rung of the thinking ladder.

Based on a brand new approach I took to weekly vocabulary expectations during the 2012 school year, I created a package of ten Common Core-friendly Vocabulary & Writing tasks; I completed these over the summer of 2013, and I have never been happier with my students' work with new vocabulary. I successfully found a way to combine vocabulary assignments with several other important skills with these ten lessons: 1) grammar, 2) poetry, 3) etymology, and 4) writing/revising. And since I am using this new weekly vocabulary expectation as a substitute for one of my past reading accountability tasks, I have actually found a way to save time in my classroom.

Click on the green slide at left (or click here) to freely access the overview, which explains the ten vocabulary tasks; clicking here (or on the pink slide at left), on the other hand, will show you in great detail one of the ten techniques in a ready-to-teach-with PowerPoint presentation.

Please note how--in addition to setting high expectations for students--I either introduced or reviewed other Common Core learning expectations; during one vocabulary lesson, for example, a lesson that requires students to use the four major parts of speech becomes the "side skill" of the lesson. As with all things grammar in my lessons, I tried to make grammar fun or game-like, which my kids appreciate way more than D.O.L. drills and worksheets. I also tried to slip the grammar objective in very casually, but then students learning the difference among the four parts of speech becomes critical to continued participation in the lesson. This is just one of my attempts to consolidate more objectives into my lessons since the bosses expect more of me with new standards, and I didn't have a lot of time to spare as it was. Consolidation is key to me being able to make more time for myself to fit new things in.

And whether you choose to have your students collect words weekly and write about their own list of vocabulary words (like mine do) during your school year or not, at the very least, these Powerpoint presentations can be used to teach great partner/small group word/writing tasks that can be used as transitional lessons or activities; a transitional activity with a basis in language skills is the kind of transition I want to see more of in my classes and my teammates' classes. And yes, I am teaching all of my teaching teammates these activities so they can use these vocabulary challenges as transitions in science, history, and math classes.

Check out the on-line exemplars, teacher models, and rubrics I provide for my students at my
Vocabulary Resource Page
You may link to any of this page's resources from your own teaching website.
See how amazing my kids' word knowledge is at my
Pinterest Vocabulary Board
Other teachers publish their students' vocabulary at
Our Ning's Vocabulary Publishing Board
Purchase all Eleven Vocabulary Lessons at our Teachers Pay Teachers store by clicking

Important Copyright information: This set of lessons was designed to be projected from a school computer to a Active Board or Promethean Screen in your classroom while the lesson is being taught. They are not intended to be placed on a website for students to learn the lessons independently. With all due respect, we believe there is absolutely no reason to post these direct teaching materials online to a public server, and so we created a copyright statement that forbids posting them to any public server space. By purchasing this product, you have our permission to place the files on both home and school computers. You may not post any electronic version of the lessons to a school or personal website; posting an electronic version at any public website violates the copyright agreement.If you're not sure whether your school's website is public or private, have your school IT person contact me at corbett@corbettharrison.com.

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18 "Quick-Poems" to Teach Tier-2 Vocabulary that will Improve Class Discussions and Socratic Seminars
18 "Quick Poems" ...current price...$16.99
created by Corbett Harrison, Writing Teacher and Teacher-Trainer

Instead of memorizing new words, my vocabulary routine asks students to write thoughtful pieces of short writing inspired by new words they self-select from our class reading. They learn those new words while reviewing their writing skills, and they build a "Vocabulary Portfolio" for my class that are based on words they are interested in learning.

Research on learning vocabulary shows that both teachers and students should be involved in the selection of words for study, and my weekly vocabulary routine definitely puts a big responsibility on my students to bring words they've encountered and written about every Friday. I play my part, of course, by providing plenty of academic vocabulary (a.k.a. "tier-3 words), especially as it relates to the discussion of literature (protagonist, theme, allegory, etc.) and writing (voice, transitions, thesis statement, etc.). I also serve as a model of someone with a pretty good vocabulary that isn't Language Arts-specific (a.k.a. "tier 2" words), and during our class lessons, I purposely utilize big, tier-2 words in my directions, fully expecting someone to ask, "What's that word mean, Mr. Harrison?" When your students ask for the meaning of your big words, you're doing something well with your vocabulary instruction. Student choice is a huge component of my vocabulary expectations, but sometimes the kids don't know what great words are still out there--words that would make us all sound so smart if we used them during a class discussion or in a writing response group.

I've successfully designed and implemented eighteen new small-group writing tasks. I call them "quick poems," and not only are they a high-quality 20- to 30-minute group writing task, they also build familiarity and usage skills with almost thirty tier-2 vocabulary words that--personally--I love using and--even more so--I love hearing my students use correctly during literature discussions, during writer's workshop response groups, and during Socratic seminars. Each of the 18 different poetry formats are based on tier-2 word that I want to hear my students use in class as we talk to each other. I created 18 poetry formats because, starting last year, I set aside a small amount of time every two weeks to learn new vocabulary word in this manner. I call them "Quick-Poems" because I set the timer, and I don't want them to become a whole period of work. I want the introduction to the words and poetry format to be learned in less than ten minutes so that students can then have fifteen to twenty minutes to compose as a group. The objective of each poem is to not only teach them a great word, but also have them practice using it by exploring different contexts in which the word would make sense using the support of their small group's combined ideas. As the poem is written, the group cooperates and uses writing skills we have been working on in class, and each poetry format comes with plenty of obvious opportunities to review grammar and punctuation.

“My kids are loving the new vocabulary & poetry sheets. Today we were working on the ‘caustic/facetious’ poem. An uproarious time was had as students challenged each other: ‘That’s a verb phrase, not a noun phrase!’ ‘That phrase doesn’t show meaning!’ ‘You have to write what it's about, not an actual caustic comment!’ etc, etc. Thanks again, Corbett! You’ve made my job a dream!”

--Nevada teacher and supporter of WritingFix, Jennifer H.

Learn more about the "Quick Poems" at my newly updated Vocabulary Resource Page or our Student Grouping Resource Page. Below are the tier-2 words (or pairs of words) that inspired the "Quick Poems." The underlined words are the three free previews we always provide, and by clicking on them you will open an un-editable PDF version of the poem; if you buy the product, you will receive editable versions of all the quick-poems so that you can personalize them for your own students.

Tier-2 Vocabulary that Students CAN Learn to Use Correctly and Intelligently in Discussions:

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Grouping Cards for sets of 16-36 students--with thoughtful transitional grammar and vocabulary activities!
Random Grouping Cards ...current price...$32.00
created by Corbett Harrison, Writing Teacher and Teacher-Trainer

Wow, these grouping cards have turned into a huge project for me, and I'm really thrilled to finally being done with the huge set of materials it comes with in the summer of 2015. If I was a beginning teacher struggling with covering all of Common Core's smaller standards and I also believed in the importance of randomly grouping of students for lesson discussion once or twice a week, these cards would be a God-send. I only wish I had created them much earlier in my career because of the power I think they have, and they're ready-to-go no matter how many students show up for class. I'm not as organized as I should be, and these little grouping cards do the organizational piece of grouping for me. All I have to do is pass out the cards as soon as I know for sure how many students are sitting in my class for the day.

A sneak preview of this new product is now available!

All twenty-one sets of grouping cards have been created, and all are inspired by vocabulary words from a variety of tier-2 vocabulary lists I found for 4th - 12th grade words. I still have about ten interactive PowerPoints (with their 5- to 8-minute transitional activities) left to finalize, and I'm giving myself until the last week of August to have them built and edited.

Common Core asks us to step up the rigor, and--as you can see from the random words found on the two example sorting cards below--these cards go from tier-2 words the kids probably know to words the students need to know.

To access the new PowerPoint explanation of these cards that we created to explain how the cards work (and to gain access to the all the resources linked to the set of 29 cards), click here or on the slide thumbnail at right.

If you'd prefer to exxplore the free sample from this set without the explanatory PowerPoint at right, I have provided links to the three parts of the 29-card resource just below, and I've included a map of my classroom's desk to show how I accommodate for groups of 2, 3, and 4 without moving desks around and wasting time.

This PPT explains the research that inspired these cards.

I began creating these random group sorting cards (as well as the transitional PowerPoint-based activities that come with all of them) halfway through the 2012-13 school year. That was the semester I had very strange numbers of students because of issues going on with our school's electives. I ended up with three seventh grade E/LA classes that year, and one of them had 17 students, one was packed with with 35, and the third was more typical of my school with its 29 students. After Sacred Writing Time with their SWT Partners, I very often move students into randomized groups of three or four because I design most of my daily lessons to include small group discussion prompts and small group writing tasks (like my 18 Quick-Poems found lower on this page--those are designed to be group writing tasks). I usually evaluate the success of a lesson based on who did the most talking--me or my students? I also thoroughly believe in randomly grouping students because I want my kids to process new information out loud in fun, engaging ways, and I truly believe they get started with the task and do better work on it when they aren't in a self-chosen group of friends.

Having groups of 3 or 4 is ideal for me because I know have students who would rather write alone if given a group writing task, and I do permit this if students self-advocate for it. Should I have a group of three, and if one student would prefer to compose his own piece of writing to prove he's learned the concept of the day, that student knows he can bow out of the group at that point and work by himself in silence while the other two members of his group can competently work together to compose their writing task as a dyad.

How using the cards works: Now you always are going to have absences, and so it's hard to have your students pre-grouped because you never know who's really going to be there that day. If you use these cards well, the whole issue of moving them around to groups quickly pretty much goes away. At the front of my classroom, I have a hanging folder crate, and contains 21 folders that are full of my sets of cards that are already cut-up, paper-clipped, and ready to distribute; I am lucky that I have a student aide who keeps the cards stocked for me. Five minutes into Sacred Writing Time (which is always the first ten to twelve minutes of our classtime), I put my own writer's notebook down, do a quick head count of students who are present, and I pull a pre-cut pack of cards from the correct folder. As I walk my rows and double-check that everyone's truly been writing and on task, I place a random card face down on students' desks. I usually allow the SWT Partners two minutes to share with each other after our ten minutes of quiet writing, and while they're doing that, I load the PowerPoint onto my Promethean that goes with the set of cards I have distributed; the PowerPoints contain the 3-5 minute transitional activities. Pictured here, you are seeing cards #5 and #21 from the 29-card set for random grouping I have created; the grammatical theme for the 29-card set is verbs.

Students now all focus at the PowerPoint slide I've created (at right ) and the card they've personally been dealt that day, and either I or a student who did a good job sacred writing that day will select which grouping option we'll be using that day; if you click on letter of the option that's chosen, you are hyperlinked to new slide in the PowerPoint slideshow that will give the group a 3-5 minute transitional learning activity that the group that has been created must complete. To get them into groups, I ask my students to quickly "pack and stack" their belongings, place their grouping card on top of their stack of materials, and wait quietly; before moving, I have learned to ask three or four students to stand up and read what their card has written in the grouping option that we've chosen that day; as those students share, I say, "If your card has that same option, you know you need to move in that student's direction when I say, 'Move,'" and doing that before that move dramatically increases students' efficiency in relocating themselves. Now in my classroom, my desks and rows are strategically placed so that groups of three or four can be accommodated in their own little pods, and my students learn--since they're in a group of three or four--that they are to "claim a pod" as soon as they begin figuring out who they are with. Here is a picture of my classroom layout, if you're a visual learner and need to see what I mean by pods of three or four desks. After a few weeks of practice moving with the different cards, my students seriously can all be relocated and facing each other as randomized group in less than 90 seconds, but the first few tries can be challenging on your patience. They'll get it though; they just need practice to realize the routine.

Now kindly take a moment to study the PowerPoint slide at right. Next to each letter in the Verb Acrostic, there is the name of the transitional activity they'll be asked to complete before we actually get to the lesson I've really planned for that day. Not only does this set of cards focus them on good vocabulary words that are also verbs, but the transitional activities teach them (or have them review, depending on how many times you've used this card) Common Core academic vocabulary. I want my writers to hear, understand, and make use of the academic terms that smart grammarians know, and we purposely made the activities to not only be interesting and engaging, but also to serve as practice or review with these terms.

Now the rest of the lesson I have planned for the day might not necessarily be about verbs or verb tense terms. For the rest of class, we might, for example, be comparing the theme from a Robert Frost poem to a similar-but-different theme in a William Wordsworth poem, and--because of my grouping/discussion philosophies that I shared at the top of this webpage--I've designed said lesson to allow for each group to process new ideas and their interpretations through thoughtful prompting on my part. The group that will experience this larger lesson I have planned has--at this point--been established and are sitting together, they've done a 3- to 5-minute group thinking activity about verbs thanks to the PowerPoint that goes with each set of cards, and now they're ready to read and process the poems as a small group of thinkers. The random grouping cards are not designed to provide a complete lesson for the day; instead, they are there to sort them and start a quick conversation about vocabulary words and grammatical terms. If you learn to use the cards as well as I have, you will say things like, "So you all are in a group and you all have the same word in [slot # __ ] on your cards. During discussion today, I give your whole group permission to quietly shout 'Woo-hoo!' if someone in your group figures out how to use your shared word intelligently in your discussion."

What is really cool about the cards is that, with repeated exposure, every student in the class that uses them learns every tier-2 vocabulary word on the card, and they begin to "own" the academic tier-3 words as well. If you had a class of 29 students, you would spend more time with the 29-set for sure, but you would also have your fair share of time with the 27-card set and the 28-card set--both which contain different vocabulary and different grammar exercises. As you know--I hope--from my work, I don't do grammar worksheets, and I don't do rote vocabulary memorization. The exposure to these cards (in addition to my "grammar baby" materials--they're coming out for summer of 2016) gives my students better opportunities to practice word and grammar skills than any worksheet ever could.

Last year, on average, I used these cards to sort my variously-sized groups of students once a week, probably 5 times every month. Each of my six classes had different totals of students, so each class was doing different transitional activities right before their daily lesson, and that proved fun for me; I get real tired of doing the exact same thing multiple times a say. Sometimes I chose to participate in a group when I had all the students present, and that gave them a chance to learn the materials and vocabulary words on the set of cards that is one-above the number of students I have enrolled in the class; thus, my 29-student class got to use the 30-card set when I played along too, and I always took a card before passing them out that I knew would put me in a group of four so that I could exit the group to monitor the other groups without having any groups of two in my classroom. Even though they primarily saw the same grouping card most of the time, they didn't grow bored with it, and they mastered all the words and concepts the card was sharing.

When we were coming up with themes for the different sets of cards, we came up with six: 1) Quotations with vocabulary; 2) Vocabulary oxymorons; 3) Antonyms & Synonyms; 4) Parts of Speech Acrostics; 5) Transitive and Intransitive verbs; and 6) Etymology lessons. We staggered them so that a class of students would--depending on absences and teacher participation--most likely be exposed to four different sets. I'll admit some days last year, I got clever in order to expose the class to a different set of cards for that one day; for example, there was one day I chose six students to serve as "spies," and they didn't get a grouping card, which allowed me to use a set the class had never seen before. Those six students "spied" on the other students' conversations during the transitional activity, and they were to tell me who in each group was showing qualities of good leadership. After they shared, I put those six students into two groups of three, and we were "off and running" with the whole class lesson.

I have freely provided access to three of the card sets and their accompanying activities that are in PowerPoint. There are currently twenty-one total sets of grouping cards, and I hope by looking at the three preview samples, you might be tempted to buy the whole set so that you'll always have a set of grouping cards for--hopefully--however many students your school puts in your classroom. I do plan to add in the next year a 15-student card-set and a 37-student card-set, and as with all our products, you will be sent all future updates to the products at no extra cost ever.

Here are the twenty-one card sets that currently exist in the set; next summer, we plan on adding a 15-card and a 37-card set:

Parts of Speech Acrostics
Vocabulary Oxymorons
Antonyms & Synonyms
  • 19-student card set (all nouns)
  • 24-student card set (all adjectives)
  • 29-student card set (all verbs)
  • 35-student card set (all adverbs)
  • 17-student card set
  • 22-student card set
  • 28-student card set
  • 34-student card set
  • 18-student card set
  • 23-student card set
  • 30-student card set
  • 36-student card set
Quotations with Vocabulary Words
Transitive & Intransitive Verbs
Etymology Lessons
  • 16-student card set
  • 25-student card set
  • 31-student card set
  • 20-student card set
  • 27-student card set
  • 32-student card set
  • 21-student card set
  • 26-student card set
  • 33-student card set

And, shhhhh. Here's my favorite thing about these cards. I built them while perusing long study lists for SAT Vocabulary words as well as vocabulary lists from 4th-8th grade novels and short stories. I chose to include both words I already knew and words I kind of knew. After using these cards for a year and a half now, I can safely tell you I know every single vocabulary word listed on them. Using them became a great strategy for me to better my own vocabulary.

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My vocabulary materials have helped my classroom find new life with lively conversations where my students are talking to each other about the words they are self-selecting and collecting. You can learn more about these positive changes with the free ideas and resources I place on both my Vocabulary Resource Page and my new Student Grouping & Writing Page here at "Always Write."

I was filmed recently using the cards to review a vocabulary and grammar-inspired exercise while teaching them to interpret Emily Dickinson's poetry.

I'm waiting for the video to be annotated and published online.

As soon as it is, there will be a link here so you can see a class using the cards to break into work groups.

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25 Reading Response Writing Challenges/10 Printable Reader's Notebook Bingo Cards
Reader's Notebook Bingo Cards...current price...$15.00
created by Dena Harrison, Writing Teacher and Teacher-Trainer

Dena and I had both grown tired of reading chapter book summaries, and we both doubted the Accelerated Reader Test questions on your libraries' computers were written during this era of Common Core. Because of the success we saw with our Writer's Notebook Bingo cards as instillers creative approaches to writing, Dena decided to ambitiously create something similar-yet-different over the summer of 2014: Reader's Notebook Bingo Cards.

The goal here is simple: once a week, students write for twenty minutes to prove to the teacher that they've made sufficient progress in their book that week, and they do this using one of these 25 differentiated writing tasks we've created for Dena's Bingo card. The 25 tasks ask the students to be logical, supporting their responses by citing details from their latest chapters; at the same time, the 25 tasks will attempt to tap into a student's creative thinking skills, reporting on their reading assignments in unique ways that can be shared and developed further, possibly as reading workshop projects if you have your students present "book talks" to each other, like Corbett does.

Dena logged close to hours of time to create original teacher models for each of the twenty-five reading response choices. In addition to a year's supply of monthly bingo cards, teachers who purchase this interactive product will be sent the master PowerPoint index slide (pictured at right), which can be displayed on your classroom computer(s) or your Smart/Promethean Board. By clicking on the hyperlinks, users are linked to student-friendly instructions of the 25 writing tasks, following that they can see a teacher model of the writing, and then they can look over the rubric of expectation. The preview sample below has three of the twenty-five tasks available for perusal, but all twenty-five are active when you purchase the entire set.

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Writing Task Index (with three tasks available for preview)

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When I returned to the classroom after a short hiatus as a professional developer, I was determined to create a project-based Reader's Workshop that complemented my Writing Workshop. I documented the creation of that Reading Workshop on-line.

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Classroom Materials for Writer's and Reader's Workshops...

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While employed by the State of Nevada Professional Development for Teachers office for 9 years, I trained teachers in differentiated instruction, formative and summative assessments, and managing individual learning goals. I took many groups of teachers through a two-year program that helped them integrate and implement research-based tools based on these big topics in all core learning areas.

Over the summer, on my own time, I took these three big topics, mixed them in with what I know about writer's notebooks and writer's workshop, and created the following three trainings. I do still hire myself out to districts from this website to do these trainings, but I know there is only one of me and that many people would like to see a training in person; and so, I designed these workshops' Powerpoint slides to be pretty easy-to-follow by a motivated teacher or by a trainer designing his/her own training on these topics.

Resources from my How-to Teach Writing Well Workshops
The 7 Elements of a Differentiated Writing Lesson--
an Instructional-Design Workshop
a two-day workshop created by Corbett Harrison, Teacher and Trainer
Price $16.50

Becoming a better-than-just-competent writing teacher is a challenging task; personally, it took me five years of slow and steady diligence to become a writing teacher who knew he was doing something right. And I'm not done yet; each year, I continue to build new ideas for my students, thanks to the "Seven Elements" Framework I created back in 2006.

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Ordering this workshop gives you access to my 92-page training guide, and the eight PowerPoint slideshow lessons I use during training.

What is this "Seven Elements" Framework and Training?
It's designed to be a manageable goal-setting workshop and training for teachers who admit they have the desire to be even better writing teachers but aren't sure exactly where they should begin. You can learn even more about this original training (and view some of its materials for free) by visiting my 7 Elements Page here at my website.

I had been presenting smaller workshops on the seven topics listed at left for writing teachers, but I began envisioning this original content as a solid two-day workshop in 2008. Over the summer of 2010, I hired myself out to three outside-of-Nevada school districts, and they saw the training in its new two-day format. I will humbly report that this is the best workshop I've ever created. It's both thorough and thoughtful, it's solidly research-based, and it's differentiated for the participants, which makes it teacher-friendly no matter what teaching strategies participants attend to the workshop already having in place.

As I prepared for the new two-day version of this training over the summers of 2008 and 2009, I was determined to create a for-purchase companion resource that would honor and explain my original materials in such a way that anyone--even those not attending my face-to-face workshop--would learn from them and be motivated to set professional goals using them.

I offer for sale a package of ten electronic documents: Eight PowerPoints (one introductory slideshow, and one slideshow for each of the seven elements), a PDF version of the 92-page packet my participants receive at the two-day workshop, and a PDF version of my PowerPoint Slides. All for one low price!.

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What you'll receive for $16.50:
  1. Differentiated instruction resources that can be shared with both fellow teachers and your students! The 92-page packet from my two-day workshop in one PDF file; you will need Adobe Reader to open this file, which is a free download.
  2. Eight self-paced PowerPoints that can be shared with colleagues or studied on your own! You'll receive all eight PowerPoint presentations I use during my workshop. I designed my slides to not only be shown to groups of teachers, but also to inspire independently-motivated teachers who read through the slides on their own. I created these slides in Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows.
  3. And...you'll receive PDF- version of my PowerPoint slides, provided in case we have different versions of PowerPoint, or if you don't use PowerPoint.
  4. Free access to all future updates to these materials. Should new versions of the materials become available, past purchasers will be sent new download links to update their product at no charge.
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Critical-Trait Thinking Workshop--Using Trait & Genre Sticky Notes to Take the Language of Writing to the Analysis Level and Beyond
a two-day workshop created by Corbett, Teacher and Trainer
Price $16.00

I am so very proud to be offering these materials, created and revised over the summers of 2010 and 2011, which come from two of my workshops: Critical Trait Thinking, which is one of the seminars I offer outside of Nevada during the summer; and Pre-Writing and Revision, which I created specifically using resources from differentiated instruction and formative assessments trainings I have done.

Included in these materials are seventeen pages of templates for all the 6-Trait Post-it® Note-sized templates I have created for the WritingFix website. Unlike the Post-it files found at WritingFix, the templates you can purchase here are editable, which means you can modify them to better fit the language of your own writing classroom!

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Order this workshop's materials, and you'll receive an electronic version of the 50-slide PowerPoint presentation and the 61-page participants' packet, which contains seventeen pages of "Sticky Note Templates," which I use to help my students "own" 6-trait language.

Our Common Core State Standards require teachers to push their students to the analysis and evaluation level of Bloom's taxonomy during both reading and writing instruction. As a regular observer in K-12 classrooms as part of my full-time job for the State Department of Education, I can tell you this fact: Over 90% of the reading instruction I see doesn't push student thinking beyond the comprehension level of Bloom's. In writing, I rarely see instruction that pushes students beyond the application level. I am not being critical of teachers by saying this; the analysis level and the evaluation level of Bloom's require very high expectations of all students, and our Common Core Standards require us to raise the bar higher than ever. I am working to help make teachers aware of this shift.

Over the summer of 2010 and 2011, faced with the realities of Common Core Standards rolling out in my home-state that September, I began revisiting and synthesizing resources from many of my past trainings to create a new workshop that helps teachers understand and begin practicing the analytical and evaluative thinking practices for reading and writing lesson planning. I now proudly feature these materials, which have been tried and tested with dozens of Nevada schools where I trained hundreds of teachers during my almost ten years as a professional development provider.

You can freely preview five of my favorite strategies that I present during this two-day workshop by visiting my Critical Trait-Thinking Workshop's homepage here at my site.

What you'll receive for $16.00
  1. Writing Trait resources that can be shared with fellow teachers or your students! You'll receive my 61-page packet of materials which contains note-taking handouts and full-page versions of all resources and teaching tools referred to in my PowerPoint slides. The packet is saved as a PDF file, and you will need Adobe Reader to open this file, which is a free download.
  2. A self-paced PowerPoint that can be shared with colleagues or studied on your own! You'll receive forty-eight slides for PowerPoint, which I designed to not only be shown to groups of teachers, but also to inspire independently-motivated teachers who read through the slides on their own. I created these slides in Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows.
  3. And...you'll receive a PDF- version of the forty-eight PowerPoint slides, provided in case we have different versions of PowerPoint, or if you don't use PowerPoint.
  4. And here's the bonus...you'll receive seventeen pages of editable Post-it Templates that I use during pre-writing, response, and revision time. These files are Microsoft Word files.
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Exit Tickets Across the Curriculum-- An Objective-based Conversation about Differentiation and Writing in All Core Areas
a four-hour workshop created by Corbett Harrison, Teacher and Trainer
Price $10.50

Access select materials from my Writing Across the Curriculum workshops
A writing across the curriculum lesson inspired by one of my favorite books ever
Ordering this workshop gives you access to my 22-page training guide, and the 20-slide PowerPoint slideshow lesson I use during training.

Back in 2008, many schools I work with began asking for a specific training that would help an entire staff find a way to buy-in to the idea of writing across the curriculum. I designed a 120-minute workshop that addressed this request, centered around Exit Tickets. Exit Tickets are a technique that I have been using for years, and they involve a simple process: at the beginning of a lesson, students are introduced to an inquiry question that they will be expected to answer at lesson's end; the lesson is taught; the students write a thoughtful paragraph--or Exit Ticket--as they leave class; teachers then use the collected Exit Tickets as a quick formative assessment to gauge the need to re-teach a concept or to move on to the next one. It's a simple but effective use of writing, no matter what content is being taught to students.

I helped the schools I work with see the value of--what I came to call--Exit Tickets Across the Curriculum. I predicted that if every teacher in a middle or high school required just one Exit Ticket per week from every student, and if they taught their students to write better and better Exit Tickets over time, the amount of quality writing students would be doing would increase substantially. I predicted students would become better writers and--more importantly--better thinkers, because when you have to write about what you have learned, you are automatically thinking with a deeper cognitive levels. My predictions have proved correct. The schools I work with are seeing a huge difference in better writing...and thinking.

I have now presented my Exit Ticket workshop over thirty times well-over a thousand teachers, and I feel confident that it is one of the best set of materials I have ever created on writing across the curriculum. My workshop focuses on three topics: 1) crafting high-quality Exit Ticket questions; 2) choosing a format for Exit Tickets (I present four options) that works for different classrooms; 3) assessing Exit Tickets and responding to the data.

I now offer for sale--to teachers administrators, or professional developers--my 22-page packet of materials and the 20-slide PowerPoint show that I use during my workshop on this topic. Purchase of these materials allows you to use them in your own classroom or present them to groups of teachers you are working with. If you have questions about this product, do not hesitate to contact me at corbett@corbettharrison.com.

What you'll receive for $10.50:
  1. Exit Ticket resources that can be shared with fellow teachers or your students! You'll receive the 22-page packet from my 4-hour workshop in a PDF file; you will need Adobe Reader to open this file, which is a free download. Your computer probably came with Adobe installed on it.
  2. A self-guided PowerPoint that can be shared with colleagues or studied on your own! You'll receive the twenty-slide PowerPoint presentation I use during this workshop. I specifically designed my slides to not only be shown to my workshop's teachers, but also to inspire independently-motivated teachers who read through the slides on their own. I created my slides in Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows.
  3. And...you'll receive a PDF- version of my PowerPoint slides, provided in case we have different versions of PowerPoint, or if you don't use PowerPoint at all.
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Special Rate for All Three Training Packets
created by Corbett Harrison, Teacher and Trainer
Price $36.99

New to my website, and to our ideas of what makes strong writing instruction? My three teacher workshop packets that I offer here online have become foundational in the way I now approach lesson planning, per the depth expected from the Common Core. If you're interested in purchasing all three of my workshop packets (which will take you a while to get through), I offer the "bundle" at $6.00 dollars off the price if purchased separately. Make sure you take a look at the free resources I offer from each training/workshop before committing to purchase.

All Three of my Teacher Workshops at a Special Bundled Price

7 Elements, Critical-Trait Thinking, and Exit Tickets Across the Curriculum Workshop Packets and PowerPoints. Save over $6.00 when purchasing all three at once.

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504 Writing Prompts & a Lesson on Strong Introductions
created by Corbett and Dena Harrison, Teachers and Trainers
Price $9.50

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The first product we ever put on-line was a list of our favorite 500+ writing prompts that we collected. It's still available for $8.00 . It comes with a PowerPoint lesson that will teach your students to write an interesting lead if they ever are given a dull writing prompt. Click here for a preview of that PowerPoint.
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