Welcome to day one of the first-ever Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge. I’m delighted you’re here! Please take a few minutes to read through this post prior to sharing the unique URL to your students’ slice of life stories in the comments section of this post.
You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way! – Dr Seuss
My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living. -Anais Nin
If your students are slicing from their personal blogs, then you should link their blog posts together using your classroom or personal blog. Then, share the unique URL to the location of the “round up” of student slices. (Click here to find out what a unique URL is.)
- If you haven’t read the Essential Information post, then please click here to read it now before you post the link to your students’ slice of life stories.
- Only post the link to your students’ slices of life here. Do not post the link to your personal slice of life stories here. Go to Ruth’s daily call for individual slice of life stories to post your personal slice.
- If this is the first comment you’ve left on Two Writing Teachers, then we will have to moderate your comment. Ruth and I will be checking throughout the day in order to get your links up for the community as soon as possible. As long as you use the same username/email to log in going-forward, your comments should appear instantly in the future.
- Any questions, please contact one of our volunteer concierges. (Click here for more information on how to work with our concierges.)
If your last name begins with A – G, then your concierge is Linda Baie. Linda’s e-mail address is lindab414[at]gmail[dot]com.
If your last name begins H – M, then your concierge is LeAnn Carpenter (aka: Elsie). Elsie’s e-mail address is leannecarpenter[at]sbcglobal[dot]net.
If your last name begins with N – S, then your concierge is Bonnie Kaplan. Bonnie’s e-mail address is blkdrama[at]mac[dot]com.
If your last name begins with T – Z, then your concierge is Carol Wilcox. Carol’s e-mail address is carwilc[at]aol[dot]com.
- 31 Slices (ideas for topics)
- Essential Information (includes classroom materials, details on Twitter hashtags, and thoughts about commenting)
- Q&A About the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge (watch a video call with elementary school students)
Finally, Katherine Sokolowski has graciously allowed me to reprint the poem she shared with her students, who are taking on the Classroom Challenge (in their notebooks) for the first time this year. I thought it was a beautiful, meaningful poem that can help children understand what it really is they should write about this month (themselves).
Slice of Life — Classroom PoemMarch is going to be about writing in our classroom.Writing whatever you want.Writing daily.A sketch.A poem.A story.A snapshot of your day.Put away your fantasy stories for this month.This month is about you.Wake up in the morning and grab your journal.Write.Steal a few minutes between classes.Write.Come home from school.Write.Before bed, while resting.Write.Once a day – you find the time that works.And watch what happens.You will begin to see things and think…I can write about that.I’ll share my writing with you each morning.I will hand out rewards along the way to those who stick with it.10 minutes a day.
You can do this.Find your voice.
Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.