4th Annual Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge Invite

Welcome to day one of the Fourth 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 the first 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 before sharing.

The value of choice in Ralph Fletcher’s tweet can’t be overstated. While it’s true, all writers have their individual processes, and some may find a prompt is helpful in writing. I think it’s safe to say writers thrive on choice. Choice of writing space, topic, tools, craft, message, and voice. When we allow writers to have the choice we allow writers to find themselves in their writing, while also discovering the power of their written words.

As you and your writers begin the SOLSC remember the value of choice. Allow your writers choice and sit back and watch the writers come alive.

During my first year of the writing challenge, I had a few students who preferred the

Screen Shot 2016-02-27 at 5.27.37 PMfreedom and flexibility of journal writing. I allowed these students to write in their journals, as long as they were writing I was happy! Grace chose to share her writing on her blog by taking a daily photo of her diary.

Allowing Grace to have this choice not only brought her to the challenge, but the choice allowed Grace to discover the writer within herself. As the challenge pulled to a close Grace stood up during our group meeting and said, “I am starting the Grace Writing Challenge, if you want to join the challenge write your name here!” The entire class lined up to continue the writing challenge with Grace. As the days moved forward, many dropped out, but not Grace! Grace took her writing into the summer! The story doesn’t end here, Grace and her older brother have continued to slice with our class for the past two years and plan to participate again this year! Grace is not only a writer, but she’s also an inspiration and a leader.


  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.  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.) Individual students CANNOT link here directly. Students who are under 18 must have an adult linking for them. Any student links left without an adult link will be deleted.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Any questions, please contact one of us.
      • If your last name begins with the letters A – G, please email questions to Anna, AnnaGCockerilleLiteracy{at}
      • If your last name begins with the letters H – M, please email questions to Deb, DebFrazier4{at}
      • If your last name begins with the letters N – S, please email questions to Kathleen, Mrs.sokolowski{at}
      • If your last name begins with the letters T – Z, please email questions to Tara, elibenoli5{at}

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

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Happy Slicing!