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Welcome to Day 7 of the 4th Annual Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!

We are so delighted you are here! If you are participating in the CLASSROOM Slice of Life Story Challenge, this is where you will post the link to your students’ writing!

Learning from Classmates

Lisa Eickholdt’s book, Learning from Classmates: Using Students’ Writing as Mentor Texts, really helped me shift my thinking about letting the students be writing mentors for each other! I thought one way we could support each other as teachers during this challenge would be to share our student blog posts that might be a useful mentor for other writers. A student writing in Malaysia could be the perfect mentor for a writer in Virginia! We can extend the power of students as mentors beyond our classroom walls by posting work that we think could be helpful or inspiring for other writers. I created a Padlet for this purpose.  Please put the craft move or reason the post would be a mentor as the title, then write your name, grade level and location and then link to the student post.  Hopefully this could be a resource for us to share with our students and highlight techniques, craft moves, and styles that student writers are trying out!


If you are posting your students’ writing on Twitter, consider using the #CelebrateMonday along with #sol16. Educators use #CelebrateMonday to try to trend the positive and emphasize all the good happening in schools. I believe we are doing important work here, encouraging students to take on this challenge and allowing them choice and voice in the process!




  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}
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