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Welcome to Day 8 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge! So glad you are here!


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  1. Please be sure to comment on our daily inspiration/questions. We are hoping this will foster a sense of community among the teachers who are participating! Have an idea for how to do this even better? Great! Leave your suggestion in the comments or contact us using the information below.
  2. If you haven’t already we encourage you to reach out to another teacher who is participating in the challenge and partner up. You may find it a bit easier to teach your students to comment on other students’ writing if you get familiar with one or two other classroom blogs and how they work.
  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. This is the link to Day 1 only. This link will change each day. You should visit the Two Writing Teachers blog daily for the newest link.


Today’s Question for Classroom SOLSC Teachers:

What do you and your class hope to gain from participating in the SOLSC?

Please respond in the comments below, or leave a question or thought you have about the challenge so far.


After reading the information in the links above, if you still have questions about the Classroom SOLSC contact one of us. (Please don’t use Twitter or Facebook to contact us with SOLSC questions).

  • If your last name begins with the letters A – G, please email questions to DebFrazier4{at}
  • If your last name begins with the letters H – M, please email questions to beth{at}
  • If your last name begins with the letters N- S, please email questions to Lanny Ball lanny.ball[{at}
  • If your last name begins with the letters T – Z, please email questions to Kathleen Sokolowski mrs.sokolowski{at}


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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,

27 thoughts on “2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 8 OF 31 Leave a comment

  1. I’m hoping my students begin to notice the world around them and see the thousands of ways it can inspire their writing. Yesterday one of my students wrote a slice about his dishwasher and he was so surprised at how much he could write. That’s success.


  2. I was telling a coworker today how much I love this challenge. It’s become something I can’t NOT do! Participating as an individual and as a teacher is a lot of work, but in the end it is worth it. I love seeing my kids get excited about writing and noticing the improvements in their posts each day. I hope this is an activity that sparks something inside them to encourage them to write, share their truth, and express themselves.


  3. I feel like this year blogging hasn’t been the focus it usually is for me with my class. We’ve had some scheduling changes that leads to less available time for in-class blogging which has made a difference. There has also been some wacky/difficult things happening this year and the focus just hasn’t been there. So I’m hoping this month-long challenge reminds students that blogging is a fabulous way to express yourself, grow as a writer, and connect with other bloggers. I hope my students begin to write more fluently and see themselves as writers with stories to share.


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