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Classroom Slice of Life


Welcome to Day 30 of the 4th Annual Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge! Only two days left! 

If your students are writing for the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge, this is where you will post the link to their writing.

One really powerful takeaway from writing over time is that the writer can get to know a whole lot about himself or himself. Two huge and important things to know about oneself as a writer are:

1. What kind of writer am I?

2. What do I mostly write about?

When getting to know yourself as a writer, you can consider the writing moves you often make that have power for you. You can study:

  • The tense you often pick (I personally tend to write in present tense and have been experimenting with future tense)
  • The voice you often choose (Most of us tend to choose first person for Slice of Life writing. Third or even second person can offer a fresh perspective.)
  • The word choices you make (Do you use strong nouns and verbs and tend to stay away from adjectives and adverbs? Are there words you use over and over again?)
  • What parts are easy or hard for you as a writer (beginnings, endings, middles)

When getting to know what you mostly write about, look over all of the writing you have done recently and notice the themes or topics that emerge. Many writing gurus call the topics we write about a lot our writing “territories”. Lately, I have been writing a lot about my sons. This is a territory that is proving fruitful for me. Knowing what topics are fruitful to you can help you to choose what to write about quickly and can help you strive for deeper meaning.

At the end of this month, we urge you to take some time for reflection. Getting to know yourself more deeply as a writer will go a long way toward shaping the writing you will do next week, next year, and always.

WRITE a slice of life story on your own blog.
SHARE a link to your post in the comments section.
GIVE comments to at least three other SOLSC Classroom bloggers.

Happy Slicing!




  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}


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