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DAY 4 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL22

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Write. Share. Give.

Today is the fourth day of the 15th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! It’s also our first Multi-Lit Friday of the year. This is an opportunity for participants who write in other languages to share their slice of life stories in another language.


Like many of you, I’ve been worried about what’s happening in 🇺🇦Ukraine🇺🇦 in the past week. As the calendar turns to the fourth of March, there was news of a fire that broke out after shelling at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in the Ukrainian city of Enerhodar. Thankfully, it was contained. But as a child of the 80s who remembers Chernobyl, I still worry.

Thousands of Ukrainians have fled the country. Millions have been displaced in an effort to stay safe. The choices people have had to make is unsettling. As I write these hastily crafted words from my home — snuggled safely in bed — I realize the only thing that’s different between me and those who are refugees is luck.

My 11-year-old daughter and I finished Sur­vivors of the Holo­caust: True Sto­ries of Six Extra­or­di­nary Children, which is a nonfiction graphic novel. As we read, I noticed similarities between the way countries were invaded by the Nazis a little over 80 years ago and what is happening in Ukraine today. The parallels I identified were profoundly disturbing.

Co-hosting this writing challenge is one of my greatest joys. While I strive to be upbeat, I would be remiss not to say anything about what’s happening in Ukraine. I didn’t expect to write anything about Ukraine today, so I’m not sure how to end it. The only thing that comes to mind is this: “Nation shall not lift sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Join us on Zoom for a Slicer Meet-up
Sunday, March 6th at 11:00 a.m. EST
Thursday, March 24th at 8:00 p.m. EST
There’s still some space left for this Sunday’s optional Slicer Meet-up on Zoom. (Check the e-mail I sent on 3/2 for sign-up details.) The Zoom line will be sent to everyone who signed up on Saturday evening. Hope to see you on Sunday!
If this is your first, second, or third year Slicing, then be sure to say that when you leave the teaser & link to your post today.

BE INSPIRED

Britt Decker, of Multifaceted Musings, provided a behind-the-scenes look at a day when she wrote “One Hour a Day Challenge.” If you’re trying to find micro-stories hidden in your day, then you’ll want to check out Britt’s post for inspiration.

QUESTIONS

Need to contact a co-author with a question? Please email us rather than leaving your question within your comment (below). Thank you, in advance, for your patience with us. We receive a high volume of emails during the first few days of the challenge. We will respond to all emails as soon as possible.

If you have questions about the individual challenge, you may contact one of these co-authors.

  • If your last name begins with the letters A – F, please email questions to Amy Ellerman at ellermanamy[at]gmail.com.
  • If your last name begins with the letters G – L, please email questions to Betsy Hubbard at betsymhubbard[at]gmail.com. 
  • If your last name begins with the letters M – Q, please email questions to Beth Moore at beth[at]elizabethmoore.work.
  • If your last name begins with the letters R – U, please email questions to Melanie Meehan at meehanmelanie[at]gmail.com. 
  • If your last name begins with the letters V – Z, please email questions to Stacey Shubitz at stacey[at]staceyshubitz.com.

If you have questions about the Classroom Challenge, which will take place next month, you may contact Kathleen Sokolowski at mrs.sokolowski[at]gmail.com.

Please note: We’re unable to respond to challenge-related questions via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

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    • You know how much I love your photos, Kim! “After the storm” always gives me such a haunting feeling. Maybe because things are sort of the same, but not really? Thanks for sharing!

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    • Heartbreaking, and so true. I am so thankful for all the educators who continue to try and save them all, even though it’s impossible. Every life you touch will be improved, even if you never see the results. AND, take care of yourself!

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    • I am also a first time slicer, Jacqui, and thoroughly enjoyed your post! Reflecting on how we crave feedback is a good reminder to me to make sure I spend enough time on giving feedback to my students, and to make sure what I tell them is “kind, specific, and helpful,” a tip from Ron Berger that I’ve carried with me for many years now!

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