When I began blogging, back in August of 2010, I came across the Tuesday challenge and decided to start writing on Tuesday’s for the SOL in September of that same year. I knew I wanted to write for an audience, I knew I wanted to blog, but I wasn’t exactly sure what to write about and this would give me a post per week to keep me going. I thought, maybe it would give me momentum. I had no idea how much it would give me. Writing for this challenge and then the March challenge in 2011 was an experience I cannot and will not ever forget. It changed the way I process ideas and it allowed me to become the writer I was desperate to find. Back in those days, I don’t think there were prizes. Honestly, I don’t even remember. What I do remember is writing for 31 days that year was the best prize and one I will not take for granted. It created lasting relationships and allowed me to share pieces of myself. It made me realize that things I had to say were important and that things others had to say were equally important. This community is strongly connected because of its roots in story. I hope you will join the challenge this year. Maybe you will be driven by one of the prizes or maybe you will find that the real prize is the process and that will begin to drive you through the tough parts. I’m looking forward to reading your posts and I’m looking forward to writing my own as well.
Now, let’s get into the details!
The 10th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC) will run from Wednesday, March 1st through Friday, March 31st. Everyone who participates in the adult challenge, not to be confused with the classroom challenge, for all 31 days will be eligible to win a prize at the end of the month. To win a prize, you will need to write a Slice of Life Story every day during the month of March. Properly linking your post in the comment section of the daily call for Slices is also required. Please remember, do NOT post your link on our SOL info page. Post your link on the daily call for Slices. When you complete the challenge, you will sign a pledge at the end of the month. Prize recipients will be selected randomly at the end of the challenge using a random number generator. Winners will be announced on April 1oth.
Without further adieu here is the list of prizes for the 10th Annual SOLSC, all donated by our generous sponsors. Please click on the links to visit their pages.
Candlewick Press is donating two prize packs of themed books to two winners.
Charlesbridge Publishing is donating a set of newly released picture books from its collection to one winner.
Chronicle Books is donating a prize package of four books to one lucky winner.
Additionally, they are donating a total of sixteen books. Seventeen winners will receive one of the following books:
The Big Book of Details: 46 Moves for Teaching Writers to Elaborate by Rozlyn Linder
Writing Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo
Flip Your Writing Workshop by Dana Johansen and Sonja Cherry-Paul
The Unstoppable Writing Teacher: Real Strategies for the Real Classroom by M. Colleen Cruz
The Teacher You Want to Be: Essays about Children, Learning, and Teaching edited by Matt Glover and Ellin Oliver Keene
No More Mindless Homework by Kathy Collins and Janine Bempechat, Edited by Nell K. Duke and Ellin Oliver Keene
Writing with Mentors: How to Reach Every Writer in the Room Using Current, Engaging Mentor Texts by Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O’Dell
DIY Literacy by Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts
Writers ARE Readers: Flipping Reading Instruction into Writing Opportunites by Lester Laminack and Reba M. Wadsworth
Heart Maps by Georgia Heard
The Curious Classroom by Harvey “Smokey” Daniels
A Mindset For Learning by Kristine Mraz and Christine Hertz
The Journey is Everything by Katherine Bomer
Joy Write by Ralph Fletcher
Classroom Management Matters: The Social–Emotional Learning Approach Children Deserve by Gianna Cassetta and Brook Sawyer
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is donating five prizes to five winners. Each winner will receive a copy of Gus and Me, The Story of My Grandad and My First Guitar signed by Keith Richards.
Responsive Classroom is donating three book packages to three winners. One winner will receive a copy of The First Six Weeks, The Morning Meeting Book by Carol Davis and Roxann Kriete, and The Power of Our Words by Paula Denton.
Another winner will receive a copy of The Joyful Classroom, Responsive Classroom for Music, Art, PE, and Other Special Areas, and Energizers.
The third winner will receive The Power of Our Words for Middle School, Middle School Motivators, and Refocus and Recharge! 50 Brain Breaks for Middle Schoolers.
Scholastic is donating a prize pack of books and exciting materials to one winner.
Simon & Schuster is donating an assortment of young adult novels from their collection to one lucky winner.
Becoming a Literacy Leader, Supporting Learning and Change by Jennifer Allen
Craft Moves: Lesson Sets for Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts by Stacey Shubitz
Interactive Writing Across Grades, A Small Practice with Big Results by Kate Roth and Joan Dabrowski
Starting Strong, Evidence Based Early Literacy Practices by Katrin Blamey and Katherine Beauchat
Teaching Globally, Reading the World Through Literature by Kathy G. Short, Deanna Day, and Jean Schroeder
Conferring with Young Writers, What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do by Kristin Ackerman and Jennifer McDonough
Still Learning to Read, Teacher Students in Grades 3-6 Second Edition by Franki Sibberson and Karen Szymusiak
Dream Wakers, Mentor Texts That Celebrate Latino Culture by Ruth Culham
Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, otherwise known as The 2 Sisters, are donating ten prizes. Five winners will receive a three-month online membership to The Daily Cafe, and five winners will receive a three-month membership to CCPensieve, an online classroom conferring program.
In addition to these generous publishing companies, we also received donations from individual authors who support the mission of Two Writing Teachers.
Janiel Wagstaff is donating a copy of her newest book We Can Do This: Student Written Mentor Texts that Teach and Inspire (K-2) coming out spring, 2017, from Stenhouse Publishers.
Finally, we also received donations from our own writing community of year-long Slice of Life writers.
Lisa Corbett is donating a “teacher of writers” prize pack! A box of writing conference related goodies. (Post-its, pens, etc.) to one lucky winner.
Aileen Hower is donating a Hershey’s Favorites Chocolate care package to one lucky chocolate lover.
Erika Victor is donating one copy of our own Stacey Shubitz’s newest book, Craft Moves: Lesson Sets for Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts.
Just when you thought we couldn’t possibly have more prizes… we do! Keep your eye out for our mid-month challenges. There will be more prizes for those challenge winners, donated by Stenhouse Publishers, The Highlights Foundation, and our friends Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan, authors of Assessment in Perspective.
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