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The NNWP celebrates its Consultants who've created websites about teaching and writing:

Always Write
(Grades K-12)

Start to Learn


Write in the Middle

(Grades 6-8)

Making Mathematicians

(Grades K-12)

Learning is Messy

(Grades 4-6)

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About WritingFix: What is this Website?
a Northern Nevada technology project becomes a global resource for educators

The free-to-use WritingFix website is sponsored by the Northern Nevada Writing Project. In Northern Nevada, the NNWP uses its federal and state funding to sponsor professional development projects for collaborating teachers. WritingFix has been one of those funded projects since 2001.

In 2001, the National Writing Project asked the NNWP to create a technology site plan. The Northern Nevada Writing Project's site plan focused on creating two websites: 1) an information-based website about the NNWP (http://nnwp.org); and 2) resource-based website that could be shared during the NNWP's workshops and inservice classes for teachers. WritingFix is that resource-based website.

Since 2001, dozens and dozens of workshops have been designed by the NNWP. Resources shared at these workshops are posted at this website. Teacher participants are encouraged to create original resources and lessons, inspired by the ones shared at the website. The best ideas and lessons proposed by teachers become part of WritingFix.

Our website has grown from its twenty-one original resources to over 500 resources.

Our website has grown in the number of users as well. In 2001, we had less than one-thousand page hits. Seven years later in 2008, we had grown to almost 3 million hits. For 2009, we are projecting that we will have between 4 and 5 million hits.

We are very proud of the fact that we have never charged anyone for using our website, and we have never advertised for anyone here, with the exception of our own sponsor: The Northern Nevada Writing Project.

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WritingFix's History

In 2001, Corbett Harrison became the Northern Nevada Writing Project's first Technology Liaison, a position created by the National Writing Project to incorporate more technology into classrooms where writing is being taught. The first prompt that went on-line remains one of most popular features at WritingFix: The Random Daily Prompt Generator.

Corbett then created the first two dozen interactive writing prompts housed at WritingFix.  Most were based on favorite writing lessons he observed in fellow teacher's classrooms. In 2002, he offered the first of over a dozen inservice classes for Nevada teachers.  Participants learned how to navigate the newly launched WritingFix site, and how to design instruction around the interactive prompts.  As part of each inservice class, participants were required to propose an idea for a new interactive prompt.  Many of these proposals became new online prompts.  Between 2002 and 2003, the site grew from two dozen on-line prompts to 130 on-line prompts.

In those first three years, WritingFix  focused on building prompts that fit three big categories:  Right-Brained Prompts, Left-Brained Prompts, and Poetic Prompts.  From Corbett: "My favorite three prompts from those early years are still The Serendipitous Plot Generator, The Emotional Recipe Write, and The Oxymoron Maker.  Those always got the older students writing!"

Primary elementary teachers requested prompts specifically geared for K-3rd grade students, so in 2004, WritingFix launched its WritingFix for Kids Prompt Collection.  Since its creation, this single page remains one of the top-three most used pages at the WritingFix website, and we began building on-line resources to complement our under-development Writing Across the Curriculum Guide.

In 2005, we focused new growth on three big topics that Northern Nevada teachers were asking for: 1) Writing Traits; 2) Ways to Use Writing to Teach Reading; and 3) Lessons inspired by Picture Books.   Dena Harrison--Corbett's wife, middle school teacher, and 6-Trait Trainer in Northern Nevada--was instrumental in gathering new ideas for trait-based prompts from the teachers attending her semi-annual inservice courses; from these efforts, the 6-Trait Page was launched.  Kristi Pettengill finished the Reading in the Content Areas Guide. And a $25,000 grant received with the help of the Washoe Education Foundation put our Picture Book Lessons Page on the fast-track to completion.  Both these pages remain highly popular at the website

Inspired by the picture book lessons immediate popularity, in 2006 we began building a collection of Poetry Lessons. We also began creating our page of resources dedicated to a "hot topic" in Nevada: Constructed Response.

In 2007, a second $25,000 grant (Thank-you again, Washoe Education Foundation!) launched a new collection of lesson ideas at WritingFix: the Chapter Book Lessons Page.  Simultaneously, our collection of Literature Inspired Writing Lessons emerged.

In 2008, we revisited our 2004 Writing Across the Curriculum initiative, and Carol Gebhardt coordinated the creation of the Comparison & Contrast Resource Page as well as HistoryFix, a collection of resources hosted by teacher Denise Boswell. And Teacher Rob Stone took over as "page host" for the iPod-inspired Writing Prompt Collection.



In 2001, WritingFix's Very First On-Line Prompt:

The Random Daily Prompt Generator

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Two areas of growth during 2002 and 2003:

Two areas of growth during 2004:

1) WritingFix For Kids


2) Writing Across the Curriculum Resources


Three areas of growth during 2005:

2) Writing About Reading Resources


3) Picture Book-Inspired Writing Lessons

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Two areas of growth during 2006:

1) Poetry-inspired Writing Lessons


2) The Constructed Response Homepage


Two areas of growth during 2007:

1) Chapter Book Excerpt-Inspired Writing Lessons


2) Literature Excerpt-Inspired Writing Lessons


Three areas of growth during 2008:

2) HistoryFix


3) iPod-inspired Writing Prompts

Areas of growth during 2009:

Updates coming soon!  

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