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2015 Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 1 of 31

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You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way! – Dr Seuss

Welcome to day one of the Third Annual Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge. We are delighted you’re here. You are giving your students quite a gift – the opportunity to share their writing with the world and to be part of an online community committed to daily writing for an entire month.

This is post 1 of 31 posts where you will share the permalink to your students’ slice of life stories in the comments section. Please take a few minutes to read through this post prior to sharing.

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 permalink to the location of the “round up” of student slices. (Click here for more information on how to do this.)


  1. 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. Don’t forget to keep your students’ identities anonymous for their protection.
  2. 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 the daily call for individual slice of life stories to post your personal slice.
  3. If this is the first comment you’ve left on Two Writing Teachers, then we will have to moderate your comment. We 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.
  4. 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-M, contact Linda Baie: LindaB414[at]gmail[dot]com. If your last name begins with N-Z, contact Margaret Simon: margaretsmn[at]gmail[dot]com or her school email: masimon[at]iberia[dot]k12[dot]la[dot]us.

Finally, we invite you to grab the classroom SOLSC button in either English or Spanish and use it on your blog. 

Happy Slicing!

3rd Annual Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge Invite

Anna Gratz Cockerille View All

Anna is a staff developer, literacy coach, and writer, based in New York City. She taught internationally in places such as Sydney, Australia; San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and Auckland, New Zealand in addition to New York before becoming a staff developer for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University (TCRWP). She has been an adjunct instructor in the Literacy Specialist Program at Teachers College, and teaches at TCRWP where she helps participants bring strong literacy instruction into their classrooms. Anna recently co-wrote Bringing History to Life with Lucy Calkins, part of the 2013 series Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing (Heinemann). She has been a researcher for Lucy Calkins, contributing especially to Pathways to the Common Core (Heinemann, 2012) and Navigating Nonfiction (Heinemann, 2010).

36 thoughts on “2015 Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 1 of 31 Leave a comment

  1. The International School of Kuala Lumpur invites you to read team 6A’s Blogs. Its challenging get the kids all set up, but hopefully by the end of week we will all have the process down pat. Enjoy Bron Narsiman


    • I left comments for your students that blogged today. Is that creepy? I hope not! Somehow it seems more fun making comments for fellow slicers than marking the writing my own students sent me home with over the weekend. 🙂


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