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WritingFix: Revision, Response & Editing Sticky Notes
how a simple office supply can truly build a community of revisers and editors

Hello, my name is Corbett Harrison, and I built this Post-it® Note-inspired resource page for WritingFix back in 2005. When I am not teaching my own students, I share a lot of information with K-12 educators during inservice classes and summer teacher workshops; one of my favorite workshop topics to present to teachers is how to create classroom communities of responders, revisers and editors. The Sticky Note-sized template templates featured on this page remain my best tool for creating and maintaining these types of communities. I am the creator of the templates on this page, and I happily share them with you here as PDF files. If you wish to have these templates as editable, Microsoft Word documents, I invite you to visit my personal website, where I sell these templates along with some of my "Critical Trait-Thinking Workshop" materials.

A brief bit of history. I had an hour to kill at my desk between after school meetings one day. Someone had put two birthday cards in my chair, with instructions to sign them and move them on to the next teacher in my department. I simply dislike signing birthday cards; no matter what I write, it 'always feels trite and uninspired. I thought, "You know, if I just had my smiling face on a sticker, I could start putting those in birthday cards instead of having to write anything. What time I could save!' But I didn't have any sticker templates that day. I only had a 3" x 3" pack of Post-it® Notes. In about thirty minutes, I had created a template that allowed me to print anything I wanted on a Post-it® Note. I printed my smiling face on six Post-it® Notes that day, affixed two of them into those cards, and went about my day a somewhat smarter teacher!

At this point of my story, I inevitably am asked, "But how did you print them on the actual Post-it® Notes?" Here is my simplest of explanations: First, you run the template through a printer on plain, white paper. Then take 6 blank Post-it® Notes and cover up the areas on the white piece of paper that you want printed on the actual Post-it® Notes. Put the white paper with blank Sticky Notes attached into your printer's feeder tray. When you print the template a second time, the printer will grab the paper in your feeder tray and--this time--the words/images will appear on each Post-it® Note. Click here (or on the picture of me holding the template above) for visual instructions on printing this way

The Power of these Post-it® Notes: After affixing my face on a sticky note in about a dozen birthday cards, it occurred to me that I could design Post-it® Note-sized templates that had more educational purposes--with ideas on them that might actually benefit and inspire my students during my flourishing writers workshop. I created the templates found below on this page as a result of that thought. Since then, I have been using the Post-it® Note templates in all my trainings for teachers and whenever I am presenting a lesson to students that requires response and revision. Because of the Sticky Notes, my students learn the academic language of writing so much faster.

You see, the Trait- and Genre-inpsired Post-it® Notes serve as a miniature "script" in the hands of those who use them, reminding my writers to use academic, Common Core language when discussing the writing they are responding to or editing. When I use the same Post-it® Note six or seven different times with the same student, I find my learners begin to "own" six trait language must faster. Five or six weeks after introducing them, I eavesdrop as they talk about each other's writing, and I am amazed how much more my students talk like writers with the simple addition of the Sticky Note templates to my workshop.

You'll never catch me not using these Sticky Notes during my writing block. They are simply too valuable to me!

Since 2008, school districts outside my home state of Nevada have been hiring me during the summer months to come and present my favorite workshops. I have created 2- and 3-day workshops on writing traits, writing across the curriculum, and differentiating instruction for writer's workshops.

During my "Critical Trait-Thinking Workshop," I demonstrate how I use these Post-it® Note-sized Sticky Notes to a) give my students ownership of trait language, b) apply trait language to the mentor texts we are reading, and c) analyze and evaluate their own writing as well as the writing of their peers.

If you click here, you can access just some of the PowerPoint slides I use to demonstrate how to use the Trait-inspired Sticky Notes to increase critical thinking. If you like what the slides say, I encourage you to investigate purchasing all of my materials from my "Critical Trait-Thinking Workshop" by clicking here or on the slide thumbnail at right.

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Start with What Isn't There

6 Trait Sticky Notes to Use during Response Groups and to Determine Revision Suggestions
If you are a long-time WritingFix user, you'll recognize that these Post-it® Note-sized templates have changed since we first posted them. If you're looking for the original 6 trait sticky notes we first published back in 2005, click here.

Please note the verb rank on these Post-it® Note-sized templates: These Post-it® Note-sized templates will push your students to the analysis level of Bloom's taxonomy, if you require the students to rank these skills instead of rate them. When rating, students can give each listed skill the same score as another skill; when ranking, students must determine which skill is the strongest, the second strongest, the third strongest, etc., and give them different number scores. If students are asked to rank collaboratively, they discussions (and arguments) they have, push them to think very deeply about an author's use of the five skills on the post it.

Use these Post-it® Note-sized templates to analyze mentor texts too: Lately, I've had great success using these sticky notes to have my students rank a published author's use of writing skills too. After we read our mentor text, students work together to determine which skill from one of the sticky notes was the shiniest. My kids have really great discussions doing this!

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Genre-Specific Post-it® Note-sized templates for Response and Revision
As part of my 2010-2011 professional development project, I have been designing genre-specific resources and lessons. Below are the three Post-it® Note-sized templates I created for the three genres in our state's new Common Core Standards.

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Conventions Post-it® Note-sized templates: For "Perfect Practice" and for Forming a Community of Editors

What's Perfect Practice? I used to say to my students, "It's a rough draft. Don't worry about errors at all. They'll just slow you down." I've come top believe that this taught my students some sloppy habits. My new tool, which I'm toying with during the 2010-2011 school year are the perfect practice Post-it® Note-sized templates you see below. During all initial writing (journals, writer's notebooks, and rough drafts), each student must double- and triple-check for three conventional skills that I have assigned them. If they make a mistake, I threaten them with having to re-write the rough draft. After a few students make violations and have to meet with me about it, I am now finding them really checking a few of their conventions a lot earlier, which is teaching them a good habit, I think.

I am in the process of creating an entire collection of these Post-it® Note-sized templates, so that I can assign a different one to my students with different writing skills. Below, you will see a Post-it for beginning writers, and a Post-it for more advanced writers. By purchasing my "Critical Trait-Thinking Materials," you can have access to editable versions of these Sticky Note templates.



What's a Community of Editors? During a bad bout of insomnia years back, I created the idea of building my students into a community of editors as part of my writer's workshop. It worked marvelously. Since then, I have do little to no editing of my students' writing, which is a blessing!

If you'd like to learn about the Community of Editors, I am asking you to support the NNWP by purchasing a copy of their Going Deep with 6 Trait Language Guide, which contains my essay on this topic. You'll be supporting the NNWP and Writing Fix by doing this. Thanks in advance.



for beginning writers

for more advanced writers

for use during a Community of Editors

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Share How You Use Post-it® Note-sized templates with Your Students!

For 2011, we're increasing the different ways that teacher-users of WritingFix can participate at the site and possibly earn a free resource from the NNWP (like a copy of their Going Deep with 6 Trait Language Guide, which is cited all over on this page!) Below are two Post-it-related ways you can share back with the site that gives out so many great ideas for free! If we end up featuring your idea on this page, we will send you a classroom resources!

Share How You Use WritingFix's Post-it® Note-sized templates!
Share an Sticky Note You Created for your Students!

If you've used any of our Post-it® Note-sized templates on this page in a way that you feel is pretty innovative, why not share with us?

We're looking for brief write-ups from teachers that explain how they taught their students to think deeply about writing using our Post-it® Note-sized templates.

We're especially looking for explanations that demonstrate how you pushed your students into using stronger Bloom's taxonomy verbs as they think, talk, and write.

You may post your ideas for our review at this posting page!

If you've enjoyed using our Post-it® Note-sized templates and were inspired to create an original Sticky Note, why not share with us?

We're looking Word Documents or digital photographs of teachers' original Sticky Note creations they've used during instruction.

We're especially looking for Post-it® Note-sized templates that push students into using stronger Bloom's taxonomy verbs as they think, talk, and write.

You may post your original Post-it® Note-sized templates for our review at this posting page!

 


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