I hope you’ve been checking out the Classroom Challenge blog posts daily. Anna includes writing tips and ideas for the classroom teachers who are taking part in the challenge with their students. In case you missed yesterday’s post, here’s an excerpt:
When I’ve worked on writing projects with Lucy Calkins, I’ve often heard her say, “We need to bring the lion out of the marble.” She is, of course, referring to a clunky draft that needs to be fine tuned so that the real message or meaning comes across.
It’s tempting to write a Slice that is a summary or a retelling of an entire day, or an entire event, or an entire time of year. However, the real gems are often the zoomed-in, small moments that capture a feeling, an interaction, a lesson, an important memory.
Today, why not look closer at your Slice and see if there are any lions hiding in the marble?
Deb Day (@mrsday75) wrote “8:15 on a School Day,” which was an idea she borrowed from her creative writing class. It’s a neat way to write about a minute in time. Read over Deb’s slice and consider writing about a specific time in your day. (Click here if you’re interested in trying this out with your students.)
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