Slice of Life March Challenge Nuts and Bolts

Official Image for the 2012 Slice of Life Story Challenge.

Official image #2 for the 2012 Slice of Life Story Challenge.

Some useful notes from last year (updated for this year)…

  • Here is a button just for this year’s challenge. Please copy it & use it on your SOLS posts.  (To do this: 1. Right click on the image and choose “Save image as.” 2. Save the image to a place where you can find it (your desktop is usually a safe choice). 3. Upload the image to your blog and use on your SOLS posts.) I’m pretty sure the background will be white now instead of grey.
  • Each day there will be a SOLS post for you to link the unique URL of your daily Slice. For instructions on how to do this, click here.
  • Leave comments for other Slicers. One of the reasons this challenge is so powerful is because of the writing community that emerges. As one new Slicer told me last week, “It feels like Christmas every time I get a comment.” Comments are gifts. Try to comment on three slices each day.
  • I’m excited about the positive response we’ve had about extending the Slice of Life Story Challenge to classrooms. If you are interested in sharing your students’ Slices with our community, please chose one of the following ways to share:
    • If your students are slicing from their personal blogs, please have them link their blog posts to your blog and then share the unique URL to the location of the “round up” of student slices.
    • Post a student slice  each day to your blog. This could be by scanning students’ Slices or by typing them as a post. For our purposes, you could share a different student’s slice each day. So if you post one per a day (and you have less than 31 students) every student would share at least one Slice.
    • If you have another idea, let me know. In the interest of managing the challenge and to build a writing community among traditional Two Writing Teacher readers, I think it is best if K-12 classrooms participating in the challenge share their links via a round up.

More questions? Leave them in the comments and I’ll answer them before Monday. (Right now I’m in Dublin, OH for the Dublin Literacy Conference. It’s a shame if you aren’t here…and if you are, please please please say hi to me tomorrow!)