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The First Commenting Challenge of the SOLSC is here!

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It’s our first mid-month challenge! Are you ready?

We say this every year, but it’s worth repeating: our community thrives on comments.  We all share small moments and stories hoping that we will connect with those in our community that are doing the same.  In the spirit of that writing community, we offer today a mid-month challenge of this, the 12th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC).

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The person who is randomly chosen from the commenting challenge Google Form (see details below) will win an AMAZING prize! If you are the lucky winner, you will receive a copy of Amy VanDerWater’s book, Poems Are Teachers (pictured here), along with a 20-minute Skype visit with Amy herself! 

From Heinemann: Author of Poems Are Teachers: How Studying Poetry Strengthens Writing in All Genres and co-author of Poetry: Big Thoughts in Small Packages, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater also writes books for children. Her titles include Forest Has a Song, Every Day Birds, Read! Read! Read!and With My Hands, and her poems appear in many anthologies. A graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University, former fifth grade teacher, and writing teacher of 20 years, Amy leads school assemblies, offers writing workshops for all ages, and speaks frequently at conferences. She makes her home in Western New York, sharing snippets of life at her popular classroom blog and on Twitter @amylvpoemfarm.  Check out Amy’s website here.

Here is how the commenting challenge works:

  • This weekend (Saturday, 3/9 and Sunday, 3/10 through 11:59 PM EDT), comment on 60 or more SOLSC posts.  Be sure to keep track! (You could track your comments with tally marks on a Post-It note…keep it simple!).
  • After you leave at least 60 comments by Sunday evening, come back to this post and fill out the Google Form below. This must be done by 11:59 EDT on Sunday 3/10. Don’t forget, you will get one less hour due to Daylight Saving Time (EDT).
  • The winner will be chosen using a random number generator and announced on Tuesday, 3/12.
  • It is important to leave your information regarding the commenting challenge in the Google Form at the bottom of this post. You will notice that comments are closed for this post to ensure that all contenders input their information within the form and not inadvertently within the comment section.


  • Should you have questions regarding the commenting challenge, please contact one of the following co-authors:
        • Betsy, betsymhubbard{at}
        • Lanny, lanny[dot]ball{at}
        • Melanie, meehanmelanie{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,

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