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Hello teachers!  Welcome back to the Classroom Slice of Life Challenge for students!

 Today marks officially three weeks that your students have been blogging!

Places often hold special or powerful memories for many of us as writers.  It’s fun and useful sometimes for writers to sketch out the neighborhood or area in which we live or grew up, then step back and look for the stories hiding in the map.  Author Jack Gantos spoke about the power of this strategy a few years ago at Teachers College in New York. Below is a picture of my neighborhood and a short list of the stories it helped me uncover; the map is definitely not perfect or even to scale!  However, I knew that was not the point when I created it. Here is my notebook page:

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It seemed like each time I labeled something, a story sprang to mind.  What stories are hiding in your neighborhood?


Please only post the link to your students’ slices of life here. Do not post the link to your personal slice of life stories here.

Since we are mid-challenge now, please click here if you would like a full listing of reminders that have been included at the bottom of each Classroom Slice of Life Challenge page.  It will take you back to March 14th where, at the bottom, you will find all repeating reminders.

As always, should you find you have questions, please contact one of us as suggested below:

    • If your last name begins with the letters A – F, please email questions to Deb, DebFrazier4 {at} gmail {dot} com
    • If your last name begins with the letters G – L, please email questions to Beth, beth [at] elizabethmoore [dot] work
    • If your last name begins with the letters M- R please email questions to Kathleen, Mrs.Sokolowski {at} gmail {dot} com
    • If your last name begins with the letters S – Z, please email questions to Lanny, Lanny.Ball {at} gmail {dot} com


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For more than 27 years, Lanny has taught, coached, presented, staff developed, and consulted within the exciting and enigmatic world of literacy. With unyielding passion and belief in the possibility of workshop teaching, Lanny has worked to support students, teachers, and school administrators around the country in outgrowing themselves as both writers and readers. Working first as a classroom teacher, then as a coach and TCRWP Staff Developer, Lanny is now a literacy specialist, working and living in the great state of Connecticut. Outside of literacy, he enjoys raising his three ambitious young daughters with his wife, and playing the piano. Find him on this blog, as well as on Twitter @LannyBall. Lanny is also a co-author of a blog dedicated to supporting teachers and coaches that maintain classroom writing workshops,

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