Monthly Archive: March, 2012

Slice 2012: 31 of 31

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You made it! Take the time to celebrate and relish the fact that YOU are a writer. It’s been an honor to write alongside you this month. The slices and comments and encouragement… Continue reading

Great Mentor Texts for Teachers

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Ever feel like you’re forgetting something?  Well, that’s exactly how I have felt this week!  You see, I’ve been hard at work compiling a list of books to have on book carts when… Continue reading

Slice 2012: Day 30 of 31

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Hasn’t this been a fun adventure? Remember, it doesn’t have to end with March…we continue to slice on Tuesdays all year long. Leave a link to your slice then comment on as many… Continue reading

Just a reminder.

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Can you believe this is the second-to-last day of the month-long Challenge?  March has flown by! Just a reminder for all month-long slicers: Please come back here on Sunday, April 1st to report… Continue reading

Found Poetry + a Giveaway

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Have you ever found a poem?  I’m not talking about something with stanzas, line breaks, and the other traditional things that typically make a poem a poem.  I’m talking about finding something poetic… Continue reading

Slice 2012: 29 of 31

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Almost there! Leave a link to your slice then comment on as many others as possible. The “nitty-gritty” stays the same, but if you have questions, email me or check out the useful links here.

Slice 2012: 28 of 31

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Keep going! You can do it! The “nitty-gritty” stays the same, but if you have questions, email me or check out the useful links here.

Slice 2012 27 of 31

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Oh snap! I thought this was set to roll, but it wasn’t. Here’s a quote from my friend Carol, that she left for me on my slice last night. I need to accept… Continue reading

Congrats to Jen Baumgarten for Commenting on 140 posts!

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Wow!  I was delighted to see how many people took on the Commenting Challenge I posed on Sunday.  While everyone deserves accolades for reading and commenting on as many slice of life story… Continue reading

Opinion Writing in Kindergarten

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In one of the kindergarten classrooms I’ve been working in, we’ve been learning: Writers share their opinions. This has been a unit of study inspired by the Common Core State Standards, which place… Continue reading

Slice 2012: 26 of 31

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Share your slice then comment on as many other slices as possible. “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” —… Continue reading

Slice 2012: 25 of 31

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Share your slice then comment on as many other slices as possible. “There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you’d better… Continue reading

Commenting Challenge

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If you’ve been participating in 5th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge for at least 20 of the past 25 days, then you may participate in this commenting challenge, which will give you… Continue reading

Slice 2012: 24 of 31

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Share your slice then comment on as many other slices as possible. “Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a… Continue reading

Slice 2012: 23 of 31

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Share your slice then comment on as many other slices as possible. Write about the emotions you fear the most. —Laurie Halse Anderson (Yea, she’s kinda my writing hero.) The “nitty-gritty” stays the… Continue reading

Slice 2012: 22 of 31

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Share your slice then comment on as many other slicers as possible. “Things aren’t ever what they seem to be when you first look at them. What’s important is that you keep your… Continue reading

Slice 2012: 21 of 31

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I {heart} Kate DiCamillo. Don’t you? Here’s some inspiration from Because of Winn-Dixie: You can’t always judge people by the things they’ve done. You’ve got to judge them by what they are doing… Continue reading

Experimenting with Leads

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I spent last week doing some prep work for the graduate course I’ll be teaching this summer.  By prepping I mean reading journal articles and rereading Mentor Texts (Stenhouse, 2007) by Lynne Dorfman… Continue reading

Slice 2012: 20 of 31

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Share your slice then comment on as many other slices as possible. Today’s quote comes from Louis Pasteur. (Do you know that my undergrad degree is in biology?) I think these words are… Continue reading

Slice 2012: 19 of 31

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A little quote from one of my very favorite books, Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. I think it is quite appropriate for the middle of Slice 2012. It seems to me that… Continue reading